The snowstorms that have hit the Northeast are far from over, and significant Winter snowfalls are par for the course in the Midwest and mountain states as well. While it's important to keep your home warm and cozy, there are also some very practical steps that you can take to keep it safe both inside and out.
- As soon as possible, clear snow and ice from driveways, pathways, and sidewalks. This will help to prevent injuries.
- Clear snow away from fire hydrants, in case of an emergency.
- Make sure your home address is visible from the road.
- Clear snow away from heat pumps, to prevent them from malfunctioning.
- Check in on neighbors, especially senior citizens, who may need extra help getting dug out of the storm.
- When shoveling, make sure to warm up, stay hydrated, and dress in layers. Take a break if you feel like you're overexerting yourself.
- If you live in an area where the snow may melt quickly, check to make sure the storm drains near your home are clear from debris. This will help to prevent flooding when the snow melts.
- Try to avoid driving, especially if the roads aren't yet clear, or if they are covered in ice. Staying home is the safest thing you can do.
What else do you do to keep your home safe after a big snowstorm?
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