This year has seen a number of records shattered as temperatures across the nation have plummeted to unforeseen lows. With this consistent cold weather in places that are not used to seeing such low temperatures, as residence of Atlanta can attest, it becomes important for all individuals and families to know how to keep both safe and warm during the last few weeks (hopefully) of winter.
First, a person must secure their home from the cold. The home offers the best protection from the cold for families and individuals and for this reason, looking after the condition and state of the home is vital for safety and warmth in the winter. To secure the home, consider a few of the following tips:
- Shut off irrigation water and insulate pipes in the home to avoid freezing and damage
- Cover vents around the foundation of the home
- Bolster insulation to the attic (as heat from the home will rise and escape through the attic)
- Use weather stripping around doors and windows to limit heat loss
- Upgrade glass windows to the more durable products that retain insulation
Next, after securing the home, an individual and a family can take further precautions to protect themselves from the dangers of the winter. Some suggestions include:
- Dressing warmly by layering clothing
- Winterizing the family car with snow tires and with fluids designed for cold weather use
- Compile and maintain a survival kit for the home in the case of extended power outage or bitter weather that keeps the family indoors for extended periods of time.
Those families and individuals that follow these suggestions for cold weather living will be able to be kept safe and warm even through the hardest of winters.