Being in New England you know winter storms can range from freezing rain to moderate snow over a few hours then onto a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. At RogersGray we want to make sure our New England neighbors have everything they need for the coming months and the inevitable Nor’Easters!
How to get your house Ready for the Winter…
- Clean debris from gutters, downspouts and roofs while checking for damage
- Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat loss
- Take a look at the trees on your property and removes trees and limbs that could damage your property during a winter Storm
- Have a heating professional check your heating system and replace your furnace filter annually
- Be sure to test your emergency generator
- Test your sump pump and have battery back-up in the event of a power failure
Check out a great winter home maintenance checklist from our friends at Traveler’s Insurance.
Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
- Drive only if you absolutely must, and be sure your car is outfitted with snow tires and has adequate fuel and an emergency supply kit.
- If you go outside to shovel snow, know your limits and try not to overtax yourself. There are some crazy stats and facts on this Snow Shoveling Safety Fact Sheet
- Stay away from downed power lines.
- Keep your pets inside, or make other suitable arrangements for them.
Be sure to stay up to date with the weather forecast and school and business closings on your local news channel!
For more winter storm safety tips, revisit this Winter Storm Safety Tips blog post from 2019!