Prepare Your Home and Family for Winter Weather | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South
He was a fictional fantasy character, but Lord Stark really knew what he was talking about—winter is definitely coming.
Whether that excites you or fills you with a chilling dread of cold weather, there are some things you need to be ready for. So before your calendar fills up with holiday gatherings and end-of-year festivities, check out a few areas to make sure you’re ready for the chill.
<h3your-family">Protect Your Family
If a winter weather crisis emerged, how prepared would your family be? An emergency action plan will help your family stay in contact, evacuate safely and meet back together at a predetermined spot.
Prepare your cars, too—check the batteries, fluids and tires of every vehicle to ensure they’re ready for winter roads, whether they encounter ice, sleet or heavy rain.
And keep your cars and home stocked with emergency kits full of necessary supplies.
<h3your-home">Protect Your Home
Frozen pipes can be an intense source of water damage if you’re unfortunate enough to experience one. Be ready for those cold snaps that send the thermometer plunging into the ‘teens.
Perform routine maintenance on your home’s heating system as well, making sure it can stand up to the worst winter may bring. Better to have a little work done now than to have it go out on you on the coldest day of the year.
If you burn wood as a source of heat, clean your fireplace and make sure it’s well-ventilated, to avoid potential fire dangers from soot and respiratory dangers from smoke.
<h3your-pets">Protect Your Pets
Pets can’t handle the cold, generally speaking. Bring your pets in from the outdoors for their safety, and give them somewhere comfortable to rest inside.
If you do have livestock or animals equipped for the cold, see to it that they have good shelter and a ready source of water, not ice.
Winter weather around here can surprise you—it only takes one good ice storm to send the region into chaos. But being prepared can give you a leg up on staying safe, protecting yourself and the ones you love from potentially hazardous winter weather.
If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.