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Sometimes I am amazed at how quickly the seasons change. It seems like just yesterday I was writing a fall checklist! Now with Christmas upon us, and January just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for winter. Have you begun your winter checklist?

 

Depending on where you live your winter preparations might look different from mine. Here in the northeast we usually get a lot of snow. You have to be prepared in case you just won’t be going out for a few days.Winter Checklist

 

Hopefully all your fall chores are taken care of and your house is ready for winter. In preparing the house for winter you want to make sure you are preventing any heat loss. If you have drafty windows add some weather stripping around your windows and doorframes. If necessary you can cover the windows with plastic.

 

Make sure your snow blowers are in good working order and the snow shovels are in good shape.Winter Checklist We have several snow shovels, one for our deck and another for the back steps.Winter Checklist

 

Be prepared for severe storms and make sure you have plenty fo water and nonperishable food on hand. Ideally you need to have 1 gallon of water per person per day set aside.winter checklist

 

In case you loose your power you should have a manual can opener. Nothing like having a good supply of nonperishable food and no way to open the cans!Winter Checklist

 

Do you have a portable radio that runs on batteries? A flashlight with batteries is also helpful to add to your winter checklist. I remember as a child a big snowstorm we had and we lost our power. Luckily we had flashlights so we could spend time in the evening reading. Perhaps you have a generator. We installed a whole house generator after the last big storm we had. The generator is connected to our propane tank so the minute we loose power on comes the generator. Having a generator offers a great sense of peace.winter checklist

 

Whether you have a generator or not it is a good idea to follow a winter checklist and make sure you and your home are prepared.winter checklist

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7 comments on “Winter Checklist

Vickie Westcamp on December 18, 2017 4:18 pm

All very important items on the checklist! Thank goodness I don’t need a snowblower or shovel, because we get snow only a few times each winter. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

Margy on December 18, 2017 10:08 pm

Good tips. We are always more prepared in our cabin home than when we visit the city. – Margy

Nancy Wolff on December 18, 2017 11:08 pm

Margy,
When you live in less populated areas it helps to be prepared doesn’t it!

Mother of 3 on December 20, 2017 9:12 pm

We also have a back- up heat source so if we loose power we don’t get too cold. These are great tips and while we have a generator that can run our house we can’t always switch the power over mid- storm.

Nancy Wolff on December 21, 2017 1:49 am

Joanne,
I hope you have a good winter, thanks for stoping by!

Natalie A on December 21, 2017 8:43 pm

Thank you for the reminders! This is a great list! It’s always a nice idea to be prepared at all times! It was snowing this week here, and we realized we didn’t have a shovel here because we just moved. I love the water idea. We are wanting to store more water for emergencies!

Nancy Wolff on December 21, 2017 11:09 pm

Natalie,
Thanks for stopping by! We seem to be jumping right into winter this year and I’m so glad we are prepared! 🙂

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