Survival tip of the week- Cold Weather- Home Preparation

As a continuation to last week’s survival tip, this week’s will focus on preparing your house or apartment for the cold weather to come.

As an owner of both a turtle and tortoise, I can tell you that my house protects me in a similar way. It keeps the wind, rain, snow, heat and cold from touching my skin.  

During the winter, ice, snow, wind and frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on your house. Since your house protects you the same way a shell protects a turtle, it’s important to make sure it’s ready.

The first thing that should be checked is the roof. The roof of the house needs to be inspected for loose and worn shingles. Shingles not inspected before the snow and ice piles up can lead to leaky roofs that you’ll risk slipping and falling two stories to try and fix during the winter.

The second aspect of a house that should be checked are the seals around windows and doors. Having leaky windows and doors lets cold air blow in and dollar bills blow out. The cold air makes your furnace work harder to maintain the set temperature within the house.   

Furnace filters are the third part of a house that should be inspected and likely changed. A clean furnace filter helps keep the air in your house clean. It also helps save money and extends the life of your heating and cooling system.

According the American Red Cross, “Home fires can happen at any time, but they generally increase during the fall and winter, with December and January being the peak months.” For this reason, smoke alarm batteries and fire extinguishers are the fourth part of a house that should be checked before winter.

In addition to the tips above, it’s also important to remove hoses from outdoor spigots and make sure gutters are clean.

By following these tips you’re sure to stay warm and safe in your turtle shell.

Check back next week for tips on a proper winter wardrobe.  

Story By
Mitchell Quartz
Outside@suunews.com

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