How to prepare for the winter season

Updated: Mar 2

This year (2021) has proven that winter weather does not always affect the same areas that it usually does. Texas and much of America's South experienced inclement weather recently, and many people were caught off guard and unprepared. Many people in the United States lost their lives due to the freezing weather in January and February.

The most significant winter weather risks include:

  • Car accidents

  • Hypothermia

  • Frostbite

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Heart Attacks

Winter can be very harsh, and if you do not plan, you may put yourself and your family in danger. Weather conditions can change rapidly. It is best always to prepare for the worst. Heavy snow, high winds, and sleet are the main hazards of a threat during the winter months.

Following are guidelines to help you keep healthy and safe during the winter season.

Tips to Winterize your Home

  • Insulate water lines running along exterior walls so they do not freeze

  • Use weather strips on doors and windows

  • Insulate your attic and walls

  • Install storm and thermal-pane windows, or you can cover your windows with plastic sheeting from the inside.

  • Repair leaks in roof and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structures.

  • Clean your chimney or have it inspected yearly

  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby (multipurpose, dry chemical is best).

  • All fuel-burning equipment should have vents to be safe.