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Getting ready for the winter

Rachel Hance Logan County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences

November 28, 2013

It is time to start thinking about the colder months ahead. Among of all the things you usually do during the fall, here are a few extra items that you may want to add to your to-do list.


• Winterize your home.


o Clean out gutters and repair any roof leaks.


o If you have water pipes that run alongside exterior walls, make sure they are insulated so that your pipes do not freeze when the weather turns colder.


o Seal your windows with weather stripping or insulation so that you can keep the warmth in and the cold out.


• Check you heating system and make sure it works properly.


o If you have not changed the filter in a while, now would be a good time before it gets too cold.


o If you have a fireplace, make sure it is clean, including removal of any ash left from last year.


o Test your smoke alarm batteries and make sure you do not need to switch them out.


• Be prepared for power outages. This is a great time of year to build up a stockpile if you do not already have one.


o Stock some food that needs no refrigeration or cooking.


o Store water in clean containers.


o Keep an emergency kit filled with:


Flashlights (with batteries)


Weather radio


Baby items, if needed


Blankets


Take the time now to prepare your home and family for colder weather.