Simple Last-Minute Winter Preps For Your Home

Simple Last-Minute Winter Preps For Your Home by SARA TIPTON for Ready Nutrition

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Winter is fast approaching, and there’s already snow on the ground in many places. It’s time to make those last-minute winter preps to make sure you are ready for a cold-weather emergency.

Winter is fast approaching, and there’s already snow on the ground in many places. It’s time to make those last-minute winter preps to make sure you are ready for a cold-weather emergency.

Has anyone wondered why bread and milk disappear when a winter storm is forecasted?  Do people really drink that much milk and eat that much bread?  Either way, for whatever reason, perhaps because they are “staples” those items tend to disappear when a storm hits. Knowing that, if you love bread, have the items on hand to make your own.  As far as milk goes, I can’t help.  My family doesn’t like milk to begin with and I don’t cook with it because my daughter has a milk protein allergy. We use almond, coconut, and oat milk, all of which have a much longer refrigerator life than cow’s milk anyway.

Besides having supplies to make bread, make sure you do the following to prepare your car and home for a winter emergency:

  1. Protect Your House – Make sure you can find your shovel, scraper, broom, or anything else you use to clear snow from your property or vehicle.  Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure that they and their batteries are working correctly. If you lose power, candles and emergency heaters can increase the risk of fire and excess carbon monoxide. Prepare for the extreme cold by applying weather stripping or tape plastic sheeting to your windows to keep out the chill. Do your best to prevent pipes from freezing by opening cupboard doors below sinks, and turning on taps often, or leaving them running at a trickle. Mitigate ice damage by cleaning out your gutters (if you’re able) so water doesn’t get trapped in them and freeze, leading to ice dams and potential leaks.
  2. Prepare for Power Outages – It is always possible that a winter storm will knock out power. Make sure you have flashlights, extra batteries, candles and matches, and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. A solar charger for your phone could be an option as well. Here are some basic tips for staying warm during winter power outages. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, have an ample supply of dry firewood ready. Here is a list of some of the best types of wood to warm a home.

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