Few things to remember when we have the snow and cold that often we forget. Lucky for Jamie, he is always getting a "honey do list", so he can't forget. Since many of you are home today you should: .
1) Make sure the furnace air intake and exhaust on the side of the house are clear of snow.
2) Change the batteries in your thermostat and the filter in your furnace.
3) If you have a sink with a faucet in the garage make sure the shut off is turned off.
4) Make sure the hose bibs are turned off inside your house. Yes, they are frost proof hose bibs but why take the chance.
5) Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces. I am talking any water piping on an outside wall, laundry (washers and sinks), vanity cabinets, kitchen sinks or bars.
6) Keep all doors open to all rooms to help circulate warm air.
7) Keep the cabinet doors open on outside walls.
8) Flush the toilets every few hours to keep the water moving through the pipes.
9) Run the hot and cold water every few hours to keep water moving through the pipes.
10) Close garage doors
11) Keep drapes and blinds closed, except when windows are in direct sunlight. Put draft snakes on window sills, between window frames, and against doors as needed.
12) Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
13) Stay indoors whenever you can and Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
14) Don’t overdo it when using a snow shovel. It’s a serious workout, and going at it too hard can bring on a heart attack − a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
15) Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel during the day. Stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
16) Keep your fuel level full on your vehicle and top off antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, gas, oil and other fluids.
17) Don't just take off! Clear snow from the top of the car, headlights and windows. (Seems funny one would have to say that, but look around when you are on the road and see how people don't)
18) Save the numbers for your auto club, insurance agent and towing service into your cell phone. If you are stranded, remain inside but first clear any snow from the exhaust pipe to reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
19) Keep a cold-weather kit in your trunk. It should include a blanket or sleeping bag, gloves, hard candy, bottled water, folding shovel, first aid kit, flashlight and cell phone charger, bagged salt or sand in the trunk for extra traction and to melt ice.
20) Embrace the season and see it for it's beauty. "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk snuggled under blankets or near a fire: it is time for home."
Be safe and stay warm!