Checklists are a guideline to the preparation of winter. When the cold water sets in, you have to winterize your home or business to avoid damage to people and property. Readiness is ensuring that the cold does not stop the normal functioning of everything. You have to take steps that will keep the cold outside yet prevent the loss of heat.
The word is insulation. The most vulnerable areas to heat loss are the doors and windows. Installing storm shutters to them, as well as adding a layer of plastic to the inside of windows will retain the available heat. You can also provide insulation to walls and attics for similar purpose. It will lessen the demand of heat supply to the building.
Winter storms damage roofs due to the weight of snow on them. Therefore, it is necessary to check the structure of your roof to ensure that it can withstand the pressure that will be put on it by the snow. Add supportive structures to it to prevent it from collapsing. Also, fix any leakage to the roof as these could weaken it or cause heat losses.
Preventing heat loss is one thing but boosting it is another. The bottom-line is that we should keep our homes warm. Therefore, ensure that your heating equipments are in good conditions. However, just in case all the precaution taken does not prevent injury, keep a first aid kit in the house.
The winter can affect your electricity supply. Therefore, ensure that you have substitute gadgets that do not need electricity to function. For example, a radio that uses battery so that you will not miss out on the weather changes, flashlights for lighting just in case you lose electricity and a non-electric can opener. Also, you should store foods that require little or no preparation.
There are times that you might need to leave your premises. Always keep your car fully fuelled so that an emergency take off won’t be hampered. Use anti-freezing agents. Otherwise, your engine might not start. You should bring blankets and warm clothes in your car. Sand, a shovel and a tow rope is also necessary because the road might be covered in snow, making them impassable. The best form of communication during this time is a cell phone because they are not affected by the weather. Also, avoid closeness to power lines leading to utility poles. To increase illumination, put lights on to trees and walls. Use insulated staples or hooks to keep the strings of light in place.
For business, it is also necessary to insure employees and properties against damage caused by winter storms. As a business owner, ensure that you have an exit door just in case the main entrance is covered in snow.
The weather can slow down work. Therefore, have a back-up for equipments that are most likely to be affected. Electronic devices such as computers and printers can be affected by the cold weather. The tiny transistors freeze under the weather, making them underperform. Ensure that you have a procedure of restoring the systems.
Monitor the temperatures of the building especially in those areas that are hard to heat or contain vulnerable equipment. Establish a complete contact of each employee, retaining a copy with their supervisors and the human resource department. This will be for confirmation purposes to avoid missing out on anyone who needs help.
In conclusion, it is best to be informed about an incoming storm wind during, before and after its occurrence. This will help you prepare in advance and be on the lookout. It is important to keep warm and safe. Therefore, ensure you follow the set guidelines on heating equipment checklists to prevent calamities in a wind storm.