Preparing Your Home For A Big Winter Storm: Tips For You

Posted on: 10 October 2017

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When the fall weather begins to change from a bit balmy to a bit chilly, you can tell that winter will soon be arriving, and along with the winter season, will come winter snow and ice storms. Whether or not you have been through winter storms before, you can always improve your preparation process, to ensure you are ready for any possible scenario in a major winter storm. Get to know some of the ways you can prepare, so you can get started as soon as possible. 

Write Down Contact Information for Service People

If and when a major winter storm hits your home, there is a good chance you will be without power, at some point. When you do not have power, you will likely not have internet service to research emergency service companies, like an emergency electrician or natural gas service company. Additionally, you will not want to drain your cell phone or satellite phone battery researching who to call. 

To help you be able to quickly get in contact with the people that can help you get your home back up and running, write their contact information down on a piece of paper, and keep it in an easy-to-access place, such as pinned to a message board or on the refrigerator. 

Have a Generator or Other Back-Up Plan for Power Outages

Even if you are able to get in touch with an emergency electrician right away, after your power goes out, it may take several hours or even days to get it back. Because of this, it is important to have a backup plan for winter storm power outages. 

One of the best backup plans is to have a generator for your home. These generators run on oil or gas and can help keep vital systems in your home running, including lights, heat, and the like. If you want to stay safe in your home, and avoid cold exposure, freezing pipes, and damage to other systems, then a generator will be your best bet. 

However, there is also a chance your generator will fail or will not have enough fuel to get you through the repairs to your electrical system or the overall electrical grid for your area. Because of this, you will want to have an additional backup plan. This could include using your home's fireplace to warm you, having plans with nearby neighbors to wait out the storm recovery together, or having other strategies in place. The more prepared you are, and the more backup plans upon backup plans you have, the better you will be able to handle anything that can go wrong in major winter weather. 

With these preparation steps in mind, you will be able to better get yourself and your home ready for any big winter storms that head your way.