You may love snow and the promise of winter activities that it brings. But winter storms can also have a dark side. Blizzards, for instance, can cause safety hazards and even damage your property.
Of course, you’ve likely already taken steps to prepare your home for winter weather. But, what do you do when the storm actually arrives? Here are some suggestions from Ready Colorado:
- Stay indoors during the snowstorm, if possible.
- Bring all pets indoors. Make sure horses and other livestock are in a sheltered location with access to food and water.
- Keep your home warm, even at night, to help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Open cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Temporarily close off unused rooms to conserve heat
If you venture outdoors to shovel, dress in layers, stretch before you begin and take breaks as you clear the snow, Ready Colorado says.
The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association suggests that, once the storm has passed, check snow accumulation on the downwind side of higher-level roofs (where blowing snow typically collects), and consult a professional contractor who can remove the ice and snow safely, and without damaging your roof.
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