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.
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. We have several snow shovels, one for our deck and another for the back steps.
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.
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!
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.
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.