For those of us living in the upper third of continental USA, the time has come to prepare for the winter season. We must either get out our winter garb or fly south. For those of you who fly away this time of year, be gone with you!
As I sit here and marvel at this winter wonderland, seven safety tips come to mind.
7 Tips to Prepare for the Winter Season Ahead
- Furnace: If you have not already had your furnace serviced, do so right away. A clean furnace is an efficient furnace. Make certain it is working properly before the temperatures drop dangerously low. An efficiently running heating system will save you money and bring you comfort and joy this winter.
- Windows: Check your windows. Be sure all windows are closed, locked and not leaking air. If you do have a drafty window, here are some affordable ways to address this energy-sucking problem. There are solutions available for purchase at your local hardware store that’ll fix drafty windows to get you through the winter.
- Space Heaters: If you are someone who wants a direct heat source at all times, be sure your space heater is in good working order. Check that the cord is not frayed or cracked. Be sure that the cord is not in the walking path to avoid a tripping hazard. You should also keep the space heater away from anything flammable. That includes furniture, drapes, carpets, blankets and so on. Click here for the 2017 reviews on the best space heaters for large or small rooms.
- De-icer: If you will be walking or driving and have steps or a driveway, a bucket of deicer would be wise to have on hand. It is a good idea to sprinkle de-icer prior to a snowfall, if possible.
- Antifreeze and Windshield Washer Fluid: How about antifreeze and windshield washer fluid in the car? Check the reservoirs to see whether or not the liquid reaches the “Full” line on the side. Make sure both reservoirs are full and that you have an extra bottle of each in the garage.
- Shovels and Snow Blowers: Do you have the right equipment for removing snow safely? Shovels have come a long way in the past few years. The new ergonomic designs help save lower backs from strain and injury. Do you have gas for your snow blower? There is nothing worse than realizing you don’t have any gas when you need it most. If you shouldn’t be out doing either, find a neighbor or a service to clear your sidewalks and driveway for you.
- Windshield Wipers: Much like shovels, wipers have come a long way. Replacing your windshield wipers before you get caught in a storm is a good idea. Purchase wiper blades that will serve you well and keep you safe while driving.
Help Others Prepare for the Winter Season, Too
Be a good neighbor! Do you have a neighbor who lives alone? Help someone in your life prepare for the winter season, please be the one to step up. Check in on them often during the cold winter months.
I have no great love for the white fluffy stuff outside, but I found this website fascinating if not distracting. Enjoy! Snow Crystals
Prepare for the winter season and let it snow! Call Presto Real Estate Services at (630) 336-1820 or write firstname.lastname@example.org for more winter safety tips. Helping seniors and their caregivers is our top priority!