Preparing for Winter Storms

Winter storms have been sweeping across the nation lately, leaving many without power. It is important to be prepared for snow, ice and possible loss of power during winter storms, and to be aware of the possible severity expected.

When reporting about potential weather storms, they are described as one of four categories: winter storm outlook, winter storm advisory, winter storm watch, and winter storm warning. Here are the differences:

Winter Storm Outlook– Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days

Winter Weather Advisory– Conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and could be hazardous.

Winter Storm Watch– Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours.

Winter Storm Warning– Life-Threatening, severe winter conditions will begin within 24 hours and people should take immediate precautions.

It is important to be prepared for these types of storms. Here are a few pointers on preparing:

There is always a chance during winter storms that the power will go out, leaving many without light, heat, or a way to keep food from spoiling. When preparing, homeowners should have a supply kit ready just in case they need it. This kit should contain items such as food, water, light sources, cash, alternative heating methods and more. For those who have babies or pets, they should stock up on all the supplies needed for them too.

Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food is good to have on hand, because without power, perishable food will not keep and cooking might not be an option. The CDC recommends having at least a week worth of food, bottled water, and safety supplies ready before a storm hits.

When trying to keep warm in a power outage, many homeowners turn to generators. These can be a life-saver but homeowners should remember generators should not be used indoors, in a garage, or near the air intake of the home due to the risk of carbon monoxide.

Being prepared can make waiting out a winter storm much easier. Make sure the home is ready by having Diamond Heating and Cooling inspect the heating equipment to ensure everything is working properly.