Cold Weather 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.
- 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.