How to Prepare for a Winter Storm in Spring Hill & Shelbyville

When severe winter weather strikes, we often think that the best way to stay safe is to stay indoors. But while we might avoid slippery sidewalks and treacherous road conditions by staying put, there are countless hazards that we can encounter indoors, as well.

You can, however, protect your home and family before, during, and after a winter storm with a little preventive action. Use this safety checklist to make sure your home is winter storm ready.

Before a Storm  

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  1. Test your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replace the batteries once a year.

  2. If using a wood-burning stove or fireplace, have the chimney and flue inspected annually.

  3. Insulate any water pipes that run along exterior walls to prevent freezing.

  4. Service snow removal equipment and stock up on ice melt.

  5. Gather emergency supplies such as flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food items, and drinking water.

During a Storm

  1. Avoid opening windows and doors to keep as much heat inside your home as possible.

  2. Eat well-balanced meals and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages as they can speed up body heat loss.

  3. If you are unable to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere.

  4. In the event of a power outage, prolong the life of perishable food by keeping your fridge and freezer doors closed.

  5. Never leave a space heater or fireplace unattended when in use.

  6. Do not use a charcoal or gas grill indoors.

After a Storm

  1. If you had to evacuate, do not enter your home if you smell gas. Go to a safe location and call 911.

  2. Stay away from fallen electrical wires, as they may be live and could seriously injure you.

  3. If your home has suffered water damage, turn off the main source of power if there is standing water.

  4. Do not eat food that you suspect has gone bad. If in doubt, throw it out.

If you lose power during a storm, your heating system will go down, too. But there are other ways you can lose heat, most of which can be prevented with a heating system cleaning and inspection by GBT. So if it’s been a year or more since your system last received professional attention, give yourself one less thing to worry about and call us today.

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