First Freeze Ahead: How to Prepare

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Don't be caught off guard.

Our first freeze of the season comes on Tuesday night. Here are five ways to make sure you’re not caught off guard.

  • Winterize your home. Clean out your gutters, repair roof leaks and install weather stripping and insulation. Items in your house, like wool, cork and old clothing, can be used for this. Drain outdoor faucets and sprinklers to prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • Prepare your car. Service the radiator and maintain the antifreeze level. Keep you gas tank full to prevent ice in the tank and fuel lines. Keep a winter emergency kit in your car. Items should include a portable phone charger, batteries, a flashlight, blankets, food and water, first-aid kit, a compass and map, booster cables, flares, tire pump and a bag of sand or cat litter for traction.
  • Protect your loved ones from carbon monoxide. Install carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of you home and keep grills, stoves and generators out of your home and garage.
  • Keep space heaters away from combustible items like curtains and newspapers. Remember to unplug space heaters before leaving a room or going to sleep.
  • Protect plants that cannot be brought inside by covering them with a sheet or blanket as an insulator keeping the warm ground air around the plant.

For more information, make sure to follow your StormTracker team on air, online or on your phone.

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