As much of the country is dealing with freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall, you may be wondering how to get through the days ahead cooped up inside. Things we often take for granted can become costly mistakes during a snowstorm. Read on for some tips you can use to manage things around your home, and keep your family safe during a snowstorm.
1. Only heat one room
If the power goes out and you need to use your fireplace, focus on heating just that room. Check windows and doors to make sure there are no drafts, grab the blankets and snuggle up. Oh and never use your gas stove for heat!
2. Watch the pipes
As long as your power is still on, there are several ways you can help keep your pipes from freezing. Set your heater a little warmer, even at night. You can also open up your kitchen and bath cabinets and then run a trickle of water from your sinks. Opening the cabinets lets warmer air around the pipes, preventing freezing.
3. Charge your phone
Always leave your phone plugged into the wall during a storm so you can make sure your phone is 100% charged if the power goes out. Also consider having some portable chargers in the house as well that are ready to go. You never know when you might have an emergency.
4. Watch the snow on your roof
As long as it is in good condition, the average roof should be able to hold about 20 pounds of weight per square foot. That means it will take about four feet of snow to cause stress to your roof. If you have several storms continuously hitting your area, you may want to remove excess snow from your roof. To avoid getting on a ladder, purchase a snow rake to get the job done safely.
5. Prepare a blizzard kit
An emergency supply kit just for blizzards is a great idea to make sure your family is prepared. Candles, matches, flashlights, batteries, warm clothes, and plenty of non-perishable food is a great start. Also consider having about a gallon of drinking water per person, per day. It might be a good idea to get a generator too…smaller ones can be very useful for emergency use.