December 5, 2012 5:52 am
• Double check or install proper attic insulation to prevent water damage from ice dams.
• Ensure safe usage of fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters.
• Insulate pipes to prevent costly floods from frozen pipes.
• Keep walkways around your home clear of snow and ice.
• Winterize your windows and install window insulation kits to keep your guests warm and toasty.
• Prepare to stay safe and warm during power outages.
Additionally, it's important to prepare well for holiday travel, which can be treacherous in severe winter weather. Of the 17 deaths reported last year related to severe winter weather, 15 occurred in the exposed elements or in a car. It's smart to prepare in case you are marooned by having a well-stocked winter storm survival kit in your car. When making travel plans:
• Make sure other people know your travel plans and how to contact you. Travel in convoy with other vehicles if possible.
• Prepare an extreme winter weather survival kit for your car. They also make great gifts for loved ones who travel frequently during the holidays. Include:
• Non-perishable food such as canned goods or candy bars
• Extra clothes and blankets
• A battery powered radio
• A shovel
• If stranded, remain in the vehicle. Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna so rescuers can find you. Run the engine occasionally for heat making sure to keep the exhaust pipe clear. Open windows occasionally for fresh air.
Source: Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.
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