Get Your Home Winter Ready

*Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.

*Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment.
*Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
*Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
*Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing; Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
*All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
*Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.
*Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
*Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
*Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

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