Don’t Sweat the Cold. Learn How to Prepare for Winter Weather and What to Do During a Snow Storm.
Along with winter come cozy evenings by the fire and trips to the slopes. But, winter weather also brings a number of risks for you, your family and your property. Pipes can burst. Fireplaces can cause smoke and other damage. And roofs can strain under mounds of snow and ice.
With this winter weather guide, you can pick up a few tips on weathering the cold temperatures and the storms of the season.
Before Winter Arrives
Know What Your Insurance Covers and How Much You Need
Check your homeowners policy to see what’s covered and what deductible you’ve chosen.
Winter Preparation Tips
- Winter-proof your car with good snow tires or chains, new wiper blades, antifreeze and emergency road supplies.
- Keep your attic cool to help prevent ice dams.
- Insulate the attic floor and make sure it’s well ventilated.
- Don’t overload circuits with holiday decorations.
- Keep your home stocked with emergency supplies, including food and flashlights.
- Hire a professional to inspect, clean and repair your fireplace and chimney, if needed, to reduce fireplace risks.
- Sign up for mobile weather alerts.
- Ensure all family members have proper cold weather gear.
- Service your furnace, snow blower and generator, if needed.
- If your heating source requires any type of fuel, be sure to stock up.
- Make sure fire extinguishers are on hand and that all family members know how to use them.