With the current arctic blast underway in our country, many areas are experiencing uncommonly cold weather. There's nothing quite like coming home from work expecting your home to be nice and warm but instead finding there's been a power outage or your heat has stopped working! Unfortunately, that means many people are unprepared to handle this intense cold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a great info-graphic that gives tips on everything you need to do to prepare your home for the winter weather.
Here are a few other tips to stay safe during this cold front:
- If you need to venture out, make sure that your car's gas tank is near full to prevent ice in the lines.
- Always keep extra blankets, phone chargers, flashlights with extra batteries, and jumper cables in your car in case you were to be stranded. (For a full list of how to keep your car winter ready, you can check out this website: Prepare your car for winter weather.
- In case of power failure, make sure you have enough flashlights with extra batteries, extra blankets, and plenty of dry wood for a fireplace.
- If you must use candles or space heaters, never leave them unattended and keep them at least three feet away from all furniture and drapery.
- Know your area's emergency warnings for severe weather. Check news outlets often for any up-to-date information regarding detours, school closings, and more.
We hope that you all stay warm and cozy during this cold time, but if this frigid weather is the determining factor for your move to a warmer location, make the Expert Real Estate Team your first call. We will be happy to assist you in all of your real estate needs!