We all know that it can get snowy up here in the Finger Lakes. And with the temperatures dropping, it’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves walking in a winter wonderland. We don’t want to wait until then to get ready. If you would rather not be caught off guard by winter weather, these are things to do before snowy weather sets in.
From roof cave-ins to burst pipes, snowy weather can take a toll on your house. And when there are three feet of snow outside, the last thing you want to deal with is a huge safety issue. Before the snow comes, it’s a good idea to arrange for some inspections. Some of the things you should check in on include:
- Carbon and smoke alarms
When preparing for snowy weather, it’s important to keep in mind the worst possible scenario. That is, you should prepare for the power to go out and for you to be snowed in. Most experts recommend keeping a flashlight, a generator, extra blankets, and enough non-perishable food and water for three days. You may also want to keep a cooler and some ice on hand just in case you need to store frozen meat.
Just because these are “non-emergency” items doesn’t mean you should wait too long to buy them. For example, you can survive without a shovel, road salt, and a car scraper in case of wintery weather, but life will be significantly easier for you if you have them on hand.
Winterize Your Car
Winter is a dangerous time of year to be on the roads, but you can make it much safer by being prepared. Along with taking your car in for a routine inspection, be sure to top off windshield wiper fluids, have brakes checked, and replace tires before the roads get slick. And if you know that you’re going to drive in snowy weather, make sure you fill up on gas before you hit the road.
It will also be tougher to wash and clean out your car once you get into frigid temperatures. So it’s a good idea to take time to wash the car and apply a car wax before winter. That way, you can protect your car body from the ravages of brake dust and road salt.