Beginning Thursday night, temperatures in the Triad region will begin to fall. This is the beginning of the first arctic air blast of the season for our area. By Friday the temperatures at night should drop into the low 20’s or teens with the wind chill being even lower. Even though no accumulating precipitation is anticipated so far with this artic air blast, it is important to prepare our homes, our pets and our vehicles. Check out the tips below to begin preparing for this cold snap and the upcoming winter weather season.
Cold Weather Preparedness Tips:
- Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
- Know where water cut offs are in case the pipes freeze.
- Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
- If you have to go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.
- Bring any outdoor pets inside and provide outdoor animals and livestock with shelter and an unfrozen water source.
- Check all fluid levels in your vehicle, including oil and antifreeze, to ensure it is in good working order if you must travel during the cold.
- Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of fuel before a road trip.
- Never use a gas or charcoal grill indoors for a heating source or for a cooking appliance – the fumes are harmful and lethal!
- Never use generators indoors.
- Have a Carbon Monoxide detector in the home to check for dangerous levels!
- If you lose power use flashlights to light the home instead of candles which pose a significant fire hazard.
For more winter weather information visit our Winter Weather Prep Page.