Prepare for a winter storm before it hits! The best way to keep your family and yourself safe is to plan ahead.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

Prepare for extremely cold weather every winter—it’s always a possibility. There are steps you can take in advance for greater wintertime safety in your home, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Listen to weather forecasts.
  • Check your emergency supplies.
  • Have your chimney or flue inspected annually.
  • Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. Test the batteries each month and replace them twice a year.
  • Weatherproof your home.
  • Bring your pets indoors during the winter.

Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather

  • Avoid dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead.
  • Have maintenance service on your vehicle as recommended.
  • Check the antifreeze level.
  • Keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

CDC Fast Facts

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-Frank Norton