Get Ready for Old Man Winter in Virginia!

Here in Northern Virginia, we have had our share of storms and weather events lately!

 
This winter is forecast to be a tough one, so in preparation, Governor McDonnell has proclaimed this week (Dec. 2-8, 2012) Winter Preparedness week.
 
Most of us are familiar with the idea of having enough food, water and prescription medicines on hand (and if you aresnow not, refer to the State's checklist at  www.ReadyVirginia.gov), but might not have thought yet this season about some of the other things we can do to prepare.
 
Here are some ideas:
 
  1. Check your snow removal equipment. Make sure you have enough shovels (and that they are in good condition--nothing worse than a handle snapping off with a foot of snow to clear). If you have a snow blower, make sure you have the right fuel on hand and that it is working properly. If not, send it out for service, or schedule an afternoon to do the service yourself.
  2. Check your smoke detectors. Many of us changed the batteries at Daylight Savings Time--but many of us meant to and did not. Now is the time!
  3. Have your fireplace cleaned and/or your gas logs serviced.
  4. Make sure your gutters are clear; ice damming is a real problem with clogged gutters.
  5. Have some sort of ice melt on hand in the event that we have an ice storm (I get a pet-friendly type at the local pet store and keep several bottles around for those parts of my driveway and sidewalk that don't get much sun)
Remember, your best plan is to plan ahead. Be respectful of the forecast and make sure that you get where you need to go with plenty of time. Have the supplies you need on hand and be prepared for our next winter storm.
 
For more information on this planning week, read the Reston Patch article, Dec. 2 to 8 is Winter Preparedness Week

 

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