Winter weather brings with it snow, sleet, ice and cool temperatures. While it comes as no surprise, many of us do not prepare for its arrival.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Winterizing your home and car can prepare you for winter weather. Simple things can help you be more prepared, such as checking the batteries for your carbon monoxide detector or using wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
To prepare for winter weather, here are a few tips suggested by the CDC.
Winterizing your HOME
- Check your heating systems by getting them professionally serviced to insure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
- Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
- Test your smoke detector batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless and colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
Winterizing your CAR
- Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level.
- Check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
- Check tire air pressure and refill if it is low.
- To avoid ice in the car tank and fuel lines, keep the gas tank full.
- Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer fluid.