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Are you ready for the cold blast?

Cold weather is fast approaching in the Tri-State.  But are you ready?

If your heaters aren’t prepped before hand or inspected, it could get you in trouble.

Here are some winterization tips to get you prepared for the colder weather:

  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

For a full list, visit: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

People Working Cooperatively, a non-profit organization that helps homeowners with weatherization, critical home repairs and energy conservation, is here to get you ready for the cold front.

Details: http://www.pwchomerepairs.org/ohio.aspx

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