Take On Winter Weather With These Tips!

It takes only a short period of time for severe winter weather conditions to appear. Therefore, with winter already here, it’s important that we ensure we are fully prepared for the worst.

How to Prepare Your Home

  • Insulate your attic and all walls. Make sure doors and windows are caulked and weather-stripped. Ensure all water pipes in the basement and on the outside walls are wrapped.
  • When temperatures are close to or below freezing, allow your faucets to drip continuously (a small stream of water) to avoid freezing.
  • Make sure that your chimney or fireplace flue has been recently inspected. Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are all in proper working order. To be safe, replace all batteries at the onset of winter and test them on a monthly basis.
  • Make sure you have a week’s worth of supplies, including food and water, in the event of a severe winter storm. If you live in a remote area, you may need to have more.
  • Ensure you have a battery-operated radio in working condition. Don’t forget to have extra batteries on hand.
  • Check your roof for leaks and review other necessary repairs.

How to Prepare Your Vehicle

  • Check the thread and air pressure of your tires.
  • Keep a bag of sand or salt in your trunk in case you need to melt ice or need some extra traction.
  • Ensure your vehicle has the proper levels of anti-freeze. Check your windshield wiper fluid levels as well.
  • Keep as close to a full tank of gas as possible.
  • Check that your battery is in good condition and that your heater, defroster and flashers are working properly.

Last but not least, always have a First-Aid kit with you, whether it be in the home or in the car.

Apollo Insurance Services wants to help you get ready for winter and mitigate your overall risk. We hope that these efforts and others help keep your family safe and warm this winter. Contact us for a free review of your current insurance policy.

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