Winter Freeze

Winter freeze storms are serious threats for people and their property. They include snow, frozen rain, strong winds, and extreme cold. You have to take precautions in order to protect yourself, your family, home or property.

Before winter freeze

  • Stay indoors and keep your pets too indoors.
  • Protect the walls and attic.
  • Caulking and weather strip windows and doors can help to reduce wind drafts.
  • Put up a storm and cover windows with plastic film from inside.
  • Separate the gardening hoses and shut off the water supply.
  • Install valve covers to all outside faucets.
  • Keep the space heaters away from the flammable materials. You must not leave them unattended. Always take your space heater outside to refill it.
  • If you are using subsidiary heating sources like kerosene heaters, fireplaces, always make sure that you have proper ventilation. Also, keep a detector for Carbon Monoxide in place.
  • Set up the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The batteries have to be replaced in every six months.
  • Keep your vehicle in the garage.
  • Have an emergency survival kit. It should include battery power weather radio, portable AM FM radio, sleeping bags, blankets, first aid supplies, flashlights, additional batteries, medicines, baby products, non-perishable food, water, and important pet items.

During winter freeze

  • Stay inside.
  • Close all the occupied rooms of your home.
  • Do not use charcoal fire devices.
  • Keep your self-protect with layers of loose fit, lightweight and warm clothing. Avoid warming, perspiration and succeeding freeze.
  • Place the thermostat in the house and set it no less than 55 degrees.
  • Allow the slow drip of water flowing particularly if the valve is on an exterior wall.
  • Open valve to let a little but regular drip to prevent getting freeze.
  • Take out the garden hoses and drain water from the valve.
  • Let the heat to get in uninsulated pipes with the open cabinet doors under the sinks and appliances.
  • Eat high-calorie foods and drink lots of non-alcoholic fluids.

After winter freeze

  • Make out the possible damage to your home and office.
  • Make out the possible damage to your home and office.
  • Report all damage, including broken pipes and bust tree branches or power lines to the authorities or utility company
  • Avoid the area stuck with winter freeze to avoid personal injury.
  • Never attempt to defrost the frozen pipe using the flame or torch.
  • Block off the water supply and call a licensed plumber.
  • Clear the walkways and sidewalks to avoid your injury or anyone else.
  • Use caution to avoid excessive exertion.
  • Keep out the snow buildup on your roof. It may avoid the ice and snow damage to the interior of your home from the roof.

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