Please Prepare Now for This Incoming Arctic Freeze

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Massive winter storms swept across the country this week, bringing heavy snow, high winds and single-digit temperatures all the way to southern Louisiana.condition is expected to have a significant impact on holiday traveland similar storms recently challenged power grids and other infrastructure Even in states accustomed to winter weather. Remember How the Arctic Frozen Affected Texas (No Accustomed to winter weather) February 2021?

So check the weather forecast and Prepare your home and belongings accordingly. It is here Caveats to consider before the winter storm.

bring in pets and plants

This is a no-brainer, but it’s unlikely that anything living survives the Arctic freeze very well. Please prepare. For cold-tolerant plants in the ground, at least cover them, but be aware that high winds can make the cover less effective.

clean the groove

this is your fall home maintenance task listbut now is the perfect time to remove leaves and debris from your gutters to reduce the risk of ice dams.

protect your pipes

Insulating or draining your home’s pipes won’t guarantee that they won’t burst, but it will certainly reduce the risk. After shutting off the main water tap in your home, you have to flush the toilet and run the water until the faucet is empty (Here’s a very thorough how-to). Remember to fill your bathtub, cooler, or jug ​​with water first to ensure water for drinking and flushing.

If you can’t or don’t want to stop the water completely during a storm, at least protect the pipes with insulation (Pool noodles are an alternative to the actual insulation), open the faucet and let cold water drip. Keep the kitchen and bathroom sink cabinet doors open to expose the pipes to warm air. there is.

Seal or insulate windows and doors

Heat escapes easily through gaps in windows and doors (cold air enters). Add weatherstripping for insulation or pack towels to keep out drafts. Keep curtains and blinds closed.

Charge all electronic devices to full battery

if there is Any Make sure all your devices are fully charged as you risk losing power. It’s also a good idea to have a spare portable battery pack (also fully charged) in case the power goes out for a while. solar camping lanternIf these supplies don’t make it in time for this storm, add them to your emergency kit for the next one.

Also, do not use ovens or stoves for heating. Install portable generators outdoors away from structures. Also, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

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