- Remove broken tree limbs and branches, and clean gutters and downspouts.
- Schedule inspections for your roof, heating system and chimney.
- Replace screens with storm windows.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit.
- Insulate walls and pipes.
- Drain garden hoses, bring them inside, and turn off water to outside faucets.
- Seal cracks and holes in outside walls, the foundation and around windows and doors.
- Stock up on shovels, sand and non-corrosive ice melt, and if you have a snow blower, check to make sure it’s working.
- Avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary.
- If you’re using a wood stove, fireplace or space heater, maintain a 36-inch clearance between the stove and combustible materials, such as clothing or furniture.
- If the power goes out and you have a generator, make sure you’re using it safely with plenty of airflow space around the unit.
- When shoveling, be careful to not overexert yourself – take frequent breaks and try not to lift heavy piles.
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
- Restock your emergency kit so you’re prepared for a future storm.
After snowstorms and cold weather, you may be left with other weather-related hazards. To help you stay safe throughout the winter, we’re sharing tips to prevent and treat these risks.