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Put a Plan Together for Winter Storms and Extreme Weather | SERVPRO® Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

a close-up image of a car and tire moving through snow If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury for fast, restorative solutions.

The latter part of the year is busy. Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are approaching, and you may simply look forward to the new year and a fresh start!

The one thing we want to remind you of is the importance of safety during potentially hazardous winter weather. Jamaica Plain and Roxbury have cold winters with abundant snow. It’s best to be prepared before the weather arrives.

Let’s take a look at a few items you need to keep in mind as winter storms are on the horizon.

Keep the Family Safe

Family safety tops the list, and that’s no surprise. Ensure your family has an emergency action plan so you can communicate and stay in touch during a winter weather emergency. This will reduce fear and promote action in the face of a winter weather emergency.

Step one is creating an emergency action plan, and step two is making sure your vehicle is winterized prior to cold weather arriving. Make sure all fluid levels are topped off and proper anti-icing precautions are taken. Keep an ice scrapper in the car for frost and snow, and put extra clothes and blankets in the truck in case you get stranded and have to wait for help in your car.

Keep Your Home Safe

Frozen pipes are a serious risk in the winter for homeowners. Knowing how to prevent them can save money and a considerable amount of anxiety!

Make sure all sources of heat are properly maintained before the winter. This includes furnaces, kerosene and other portable heaters.

If you use wood or coal, make sure your chimneys are unobstructed and free of creosote and ash. Make sure to have an adequate supply of fuel to see you through an extended winter storm. Be sure to follow all safety procedures when using kerosene, wood or coal.

If you feel particularly industrious, consider installing storm windows or coating windows with extra insulation from the inside to increase the “R” value and keep more of the heat on the inside.

Keep Your Pets Safe

Domesticated animals should be brought inside during the winter months. Very few breeds of animals can tolerate winter weather, much less extreme winter weather and storms.

Ensure your pets have a place they can be comfortable during extended cold weather. If you own livestock or horses, make sure they have a shelter from the elements and a steady supply of food and unfrozen water.

Watch for Melts and Flooding

Melting snow and ice can produce dangerous floods, putting people, homes and pets in danger. Always stay informed using local emergency alerts, and be cautious as the weather warms and ice and snow begin to melt.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

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