Neighborhood winter scene with snowy roads and driveways

Preparing your House for a Cold Emergency

We rely on our homes to be the first line of defense from the frigid cold temperatures. Complete this checklist to make sure you’re prepared –

  • Wrap those pipes. This is always one of the first things you hear when prepping your house for the cold, with good reason. Frozen pipes can be a big problem, so take the time to insulate any exterior pipes before extreme cold sets in.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are ready to go. While these alarms [beep] usually do a good job [beep] of letting us know their batteries are about to die [beep], checking to make sure they’re working properly never hurts. Fireplaces and heating systems are generally safe, but you’ll want a reliable alert system in case of emergency. 
  • Fuel-burning equipment should exhaust to the outside. Generators and other fuel-burning equipment should not be kept in enclosed spaces. They give off harmful fumes that can be fatal if inhaled for a period of time. Make sure to keep them outside and keep a carbon monoxide detector on hand just in case.
  • Stock up on essentials. Make sure to have plenty of food and water on hand before a cold emergency hits in case you’re unable to leave the house for a few days.

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