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Cold Weather Tips

Mark.Miles By
Mark Miles
   | Home Safety



Home Tips

  • Have safe emergency heating equipment in your home, as well as a flashlight, bottled water, and three days worth of food in case the power goes out.
  • To prevent frozen pipes, let your hot and cold faucets drip overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach pipes.
  • Find the water shut-off valve in your home in advance, so you know where to go if a pipe bursts.
  • Make sure water for exterior faucets is off.
  • If you will be away, make sure to maintain indoor temps at 55+ degrees.
  • Keep space heater 3+ feet away from furniture
  • Keep your freezer’s ice maker on to keep water moving through system.
  • Make sure air vents and radiators are not blocked or obstructed.
  • Limit opening exterior doors.
  • Add your utility company number to your phone contacts, in case you need to reach out in an emergency.


Car Tips

  • Never attempt to charge or jump-start a battery that is frozen, as it may rupture or explode.
  • Only warm up your car in an open area.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades.
  • Keep your washer fluid full with winter formula fluid to avoid freezing.

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