Winter is here for most of us and with the days getting shorter, and the temperature getting lower it’s time to prep your home and car for this change. Here are some tips to get yourself and your family ready for the winter!

For your home

  • Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets when the weather is below freezing
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Secure the perimeter. Take a walk around your home and keep an eye out for any cracks or holes that may need repair.
  • Disconnect hoses from outside faucets as well as shutting off water valves and store hoses in a dry place until Spring.
  • Seal it for a lower energy bill. Air leaks can be the cause for unwanted chill and rise in energy costs. Common places for air leaks are window frames, door frames, bathroom vents, and wiring holes. Also, consider getting curtains for your windows to help keep the heat inside.

 

For your car

  • Top off antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, gas, oil and other fluids.
  • Check your tires. Make sure they have enough tread.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel during the day.
  • Keep a cold-weather kit in your trunk. Useful items include blankets, bottled water, flashlight, first aid kit, cell phone charger, hard candy and emergency numbers.