October is here! Pumpkins are making their appearance in front of people’s home, leaves are starting to change and fall of the trees, and most noticeably the cool weather has set in. It seems every year people are caught off-guard, unprepared for the cool days and cold nights. It’s only going to get colder, too. Here’s some steps your family should take to prepare for the cold weather.
- Hoses left connected to outside faucets often cause pipes to burst when it freezes. Make sure to disconnect all the garden hoses on the outside of your house, or you may be on the hook to pay to repair bill!
- The first snow or ice could come at any time. Stock up on snow shovels and ice melt to keep your driveway and sidewalks clean. You don’t want anyone slipping on the ice!
- Replace cracked or damaged rubber seals in your home. These will help keep the cold air out and warm air in, and can significantly cut down on your energy bills.
- Raking leaves will soon be one of your household projects. If you don’t have rakes or bags, you better pick some up next time you’re out!
- Remember to change your furnace filter before you turn it on for the first time. Your furnace will likely smell the first time you start it; don’t worry, that’s normal.
- Have a wood burning fireplace? Now’s a good time to cut some fire wood while it’s still decent outside.
- Prepare a safety kit for your vehicle, including sand to help you get unstuck as well as a blanket and other first-aid items.
- Be sure that your kid’s cold weather clothes still fit them!
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