We may already be halfway through winter, but it’s never too late to remember these 10 important tips, tricks, and things you need to know for the next winter storm. You never know when the next nor’easter will hit!
1. Setting your thermostat to a warm temperature is important in preventing frozen pipes – a 65 degree minimum is suggested. When shoveling snow, remember these
2. When shoveling snow, push it rather than lift it. This helps eliminate the strain on your hips, joints, back, and muscles. To learn more about proper shoveling techniques, click here.
3. Don’t pour hot water on your car’s windshield when clearing it out. Hot water can cause the glass to crack. Invest in a good quality windshield scraper and de icing spray.
4. To prevent ice dams, remove the snow off your home’s roof.
5. Losing power is always possible. Stock up on flashlights, water, and nonperishable food items.
6. DON’T LET THE SNOW PILE UP! If you’re able to, shovel every couple hours, rather than all at once. This alleviates the weight and difficulty of the snow.
7. When clearing your car, don’t forget to clear the roof. If you don’t, the snow may slide onto your front window or the vehicle’s behind you.
8. You never know when your vehicle may get stuck in the snow. Keep a winter roadside emergency kit in case, with things such as: deicer, phone charger, flashlights, blanket, snacks, and shovel.
9. To gain more traction for your tires, pour some salt, sand, or cat litter on the snow. If you don’t have any of these around, you can place your floor mats underneath your tires on the snow.
10. Lastly, it’s very simple but, stay inside if you don’t have to go anywhere! Take the snow day to relax… read a book, take a bubble bath, or catch up on your favorite show.
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