We are in the full throws of winter right now. The air is crisp, and layers of frost cover the grass each morning. While winter storms don’t happen very frequently in Virginia or North Carolina, they can happen. Here are some useful tips to ensure your home is prepared for inclement weather and storms since you never know what the winter months might bring.
New homes are built to withstand all types of weather conditions – including snow. Homes built by HHHunt Homes are insulated using state-of-the-art materials to keep you and your family safe and warm. However, even new homes require some important preparation for the winter. It’s easy with just a few steps. Store all outdoor furniture, hoses and other items in your garage or toolshed. Winter winds can easily blow them away or they could become a projectile if not secured. Also, cut away tree branches that could fall on your roof under the weight of snow. A downed branch could cause serious damage to your roof or siding, so clear the area as much as possible.
Finally, purchase sand to place on sidewalks and driveways. One of the most common injuries during winter storms is slipping and falling, so prepare outdoor surfaces appropriately. We recommend sand as an alternative to deicers and salt treatments, because the chemicals in deicers can break down the concrete finish. This could result in a diminished appearance and performance. Also, when it snows, try shoveling the snow off first and then applying sand or kitty litter for traction and re-freeze prevention.
First and foremost, check all the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Power outages can occur during winter storms, so you want to ensure all safety devices are fully operational. Speaking of power outages, it’s a good idea to stock up on alternative heating sources. That includes wood if you have a wood burning fireplace. Lastly, create an emergency kit. Kits should include extra blankets, flashlights, batteries, food, a hand cranked radio along with any additional items you need. If you have a pet, be sure to stock up on their food as well.
The best way to keep you and your family safe is to follow your normal routine of staying hydrated and eating hearty meals. We often get so caught up in the moment that we forget to take care of our basic body needs. Make sure you and your family stay warm and dry. Don’t overexert yourself, but don’t stay too idle either. Staying healthy helps both your mind and body alert during a storm.
At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters, and we are committed to the safety and security of your family. If you have not winterized your home yet, check out this video for more quick tips and reminders.