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Winter Weather

  • 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.

reducing freezing weather damage page

Visit reducing freezing weather damage page

Visit the frozen pipes info page

Visit the frozen pipes info page

Visit the snow flooding info page

Visit the snow flooding info page

Visit the roof collapse info page

Visit the roof collapse info page


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Preparing for winter

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