Melanie Kramer

Keller Williams Realty Richmond Hill

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Let It Snow! But first… Some Winter Safety Tips

Preparing your home and property for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce some of the effects caused by winter’s weather challenges. Experts agree that the following measures can be effective in dealing with the effects of severe winter weather:

  • Have your snow removal equipment serviced and ready for action.
  • Have rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways.
  • Make sure your walls and attic are properly insulated.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Have an ample supply of wood if you have a fireplace.
  • Have safe portable space heaters available.
  • Wrap water pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers to keep from freezing.
  • Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
  • Know how to shut off water valves.
  • In case the power goes out, have disaster supplies on hand such as a flashlight & battery-operated radio (and extra batteries), a first aid kit and extra blankets & sleeping bags.
  • Develop an emergency communication plan in case family members are separated from one another during a winter storm.
  • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

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Winterizing Your Vehicle

Preparing your vehicle for the winter season is one of the most important keys to safe winter driving. Have a mechanic check the following items on your car before the temperatures drop.

  • Battery
  • Ignition System
  • Lights
  • Exhaust system
  • Brakes
  • Oil Level
  • Antifreeze
  • Thermostat
  • Flashing hazard lights
  • Heater
  • Defroster
  • Tires/tread
  • Wipers and windshield washer fluid

Also, be sure to keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal, and maintain at least a half tank of gas at all times during the winter season.

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Before Severe Weather Strikes

Know how the public is warned (via siren, radio, TV, etc.) and the warning terms for each kind of disaster in your community:

Be alert, a storm is likely.

Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.

Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, and deep drifts.

Seek refuge immediately.

Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.

Below-freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops, or fruit trees.

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Winter Car Kit

  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Several blankets
  • Plastic bags (for sanitation)
  • Matches
  • Extra set of mittens, socks, and a wool cap
  • Small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels
  • Small shovel
  • Tool kit
  • Booster cables
  • Brightly colored cloth to use as flag

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Trivia Block

The Trivia Block

True or False? It must be 32F, or colder for it to snow.

False. It has been known to snow with the temperatures in the mid 40s. That’s because the temperatures are below 32F up in the clouds where the snow is forming.

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