The cold weather is upon us once again. It’s a good idea at this time of year to remind ourselves of some key safety & preparedness tips in the event of storms and overall cold weather.
First, what do the different weather warnings mean? Here are the differences between an outlook, advisory, watch and warning:
- Winter Storm Outlook: Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
- Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
- Winter Storm Watch: Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
- Winter Storm Warning: Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.
Here in New England there are some basic rules to live by in the winter season. it’s always a good refresher at this time of year, while we’re still longing for sandy beaches and warm summer sun.
- Prepare your vehicle: It’s always a good idea to keep the gas tank more than half full, as this will keep the fuel line from freezing. Check your tires and make sure you have a blanket and ice scraper in the car.
- Prepare your home: Be sure to have your chimneys, boilers, furnaces and other heating equipment cleaned and inspected by professionals every year. Schedule your appointments before the winter hits to avoid delays in availability.
- Traveling? If you’ll be away during cold weather, be sure to leave the heat on in your home and set it to a temperature of no lower than 55ºF.
- Stock up on supplies: Always have candles and a flashlight on hand, as well as extra batteries. Also be ready to take care of your walkways and driveways by stocking up on sand, rock salt, or kitty litter.
- Be safe: Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. All devices should be away from doors, windows and vents to prevent carbon monoxide from coming indoors.
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