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We have received the proverbial “shot across the bow” that winter is coming and may well be here. Are we ready? Have we taken the necessary  precautions to hopefully help prevent problems over the next six months? Yes, I said SIX months, six months of winter!

Let’s walk around the house and see what might still need to be looked after:

  • Are the Downspouts in good shape with the spout directing water away from the building?
  • Are all the yard tools picked up, cleaned up and put away?
  • What about the garden hose and underground water lines? Have they been drained, blown out and put away?
  • While you’re putting away the garden hose make sure the outside faucet is drained and the shut off valve is closed. If there isn’t a shut off valve, installing one on the outside faucet line is an easy way to keep that line from freezing back into the house and causing water damage.
  • Do you have any large trees or shrubs? Check them for broken or damaged branches and clean them up where needed. Winter winds can wreak havoc during January and February.
  • Caulking around the windows and doors should be checked for breaks and cracks. An easy fix that could save a lot of heat escaping.
  • If you’re someone that uses wood for heating, have you cleaned and inspected your system since the last heating season? If you’re unsure about any part of your heating system, contact a WETT certified company/individual to help.

The house looks good but what about that vehicle you use? Ready or not, it’s time to winterize it too. Winter tires are a must as well as making sure  the windshield fluid is winter grade. If you haven’t already done it, purchase or put together an emergency kit. This could make a difference between  life and death if you’re ever stranded on a winter road.

Last but not least, what about you? Winter temperatures propel us towards, blankets, books, TV remotes and couches. Now and then it’s a must but  for six months? Check out local clubs and associations and see what is being offered in your community. We are all, to some extent, social and  relational beings. We like to be with other people. Use these times to get out, meet people, make friends and beat the winter blues.

Being prepared and thinking ahead is always a good thing. When you live in what I call a harsh climate it becomes mandatory. May your winter be  healthy, active and fun!

 

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