Winter Weather Checklist for Protecting Homes and Businesses

Prepare for a power outage: Heavy winds are a recipe for widespread power outages. It’s important to prepare a plan now before a possible outage.

  • Learn how you can use alternative heat sources and generators safely during a power outage
  • Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with three days of food, water, prescription medications and other supplies ready
  • Consider obtaining an NOAA Weather Radio to stay abreast of current weather conditions

Prevent roof collapse: If heavy snow begins to accumulate on your roof, remove the snow with a snow rake and a long extension arm that will allow you to remove the snow while standing safely on the ground.

Stay safe and warm: Inspect your source of heat for any damage which can cause a fire and result in costly property damage. Also, remove combustible items placed near a heat source.

Prevent frozen pipes: Prevent costly water damage caused by frozen pipes by

  • Providing a reliable back-up power source to ensure continuous power to the building
  • Insulating all attic penetrations
  • Ensuring proper seals on all doors and windows
  • Sealing all cracks and openings in exterior walls

Know your winter weather alerts: When severe winter weather is on its way, it’s important you know and understand what each alert means so you can respond accordingly.

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