Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, ice, sleet and freezing rain. West Texas concerns of winter storms can knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office – sometimes for more than one day. Because of this, it is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.
Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
Head to the store and stock up on these supplies for your emergency kit:
- Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice of walkways and driveways
- Sand to improve traction
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
- Sufficient heating fuel
- You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off Store a good supple of dry seasoned wood for your fireplace of wood-burning stove.
- Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm
Winterizing Your Home
- Winterize your house, bar, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
- Maintain heath equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
- Learn how to shut off water valves – in case a pipe bursts.
- Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
- Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
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Enjoy the colder weather but always remember to take the steps to staying safe!!