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How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

For this week, I have been wanting to do a blog entry from my work and with this last snow storm that came through our area, I have a chance to post something relevant from work about Winter Safety. I know that it is not a “feel good” story but I also want to share information that helps my readers in many other ways as well.


This is a repost of an article that appeared on SERVPRO’s Website and it has SEVERAL good pieces of informations for you to go over. This is reposted with permission and you can find more articles like this here.

Winter storms are often unpredictable, bringing intense blizzards, sometimes feet of snow, sleet, icy roads, and countless other hazards to cities and towns across the United States and Canada. If you have the chance to prepare in advance, there are certain steps that are frequently recommended to ensure your home or business is ready to withstand the freezing temperatures, snow, and ice associated with winter storms. In addition, protecting your loved ones and ensuring they are properly prepared for the oncoming freeze and subsequent damage is of the utmost importance.

In this article, we will outline the preparation of your home or business for a winter storm and freezing temperatures. While your safety is highly important, rest assured SERVPRO® can help in the storm’s aftermath if your property damage requires cleanup, restoration, and construction services. Both indoor and outdoor preparation are imperative as you prepare your property for an oncoming winter storm, so it’s important you consider the following steps and remember how SERVPRO® can help. This includes such tasks as: 1) preparing the outside of your home or business by ensuring vehicles and roofs are in order, 2) preparing furniture, and 3) having supplies such as a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Kit on hand. Failure to prepare may cause costly damages, so it’s in your best interest to take action as early as possible in the event of an oncoming winter storm.

Winter Storms Explained

By definition, a winter storm is the output that occurs when wind meets precipitation at freezing temperatures, resulting in snow, mixed snow and rain, and/or freezing rain. If there is low visibility and sustained strong winds, this often qualifies the winter storm as a blizzard, which can prove very hazardous. Winter storms can occur anywhere in the world, but are especially common across the United States and Canada.

Preparing the Outside of Your Home or Business for Heavy Snow and Ice

Before a winter storm strikes, it’s important to prepare the outside of your property in order to reduce the chances of damage. This includes clearing away debris, such as leaves and other ground clutter, and inspecting the roof for any damage, or signs of wear and tear that could cause problems in the event of a heavy snow load or gusting winds. Make sure to also clear out gutters and downspouts, and inspect any trees for broken branches that could potentially cause damage.

Ensure Vehicles and Furniture Are Secure

If you have any vehicles, boats, or other large items outside, make sure to store them in a safe place or cover them up with a tarp or waterproof cover. Additionally, if you have any loose furniture or items on your deck or patio, make sure to bring them inside to avoid any damage.

Preparing for a Winter Storm and Freezing Temperatures

Once you’ve taken the steps to prepare the outside of your home or business, it’s important to make sure you are properly prepared to handle the oncoming winter storm. This includes stocking up on essential supplies such as food, water, and blankets, as well as an emergency kit that includes items such as flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit. It’s also important to make sure your furnace is in good working condition, and to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in good working order.

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