Be Prepared for Potential Winter Storms | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth
If the freeze and subsequent power crisis of 2021 taught us anything, it’s that we north Texans are not immune to freak winter weather. Nobody wants to get caught off-guard like that again, and you’d rightfully do anything you could to avoid it.
So with winter’s next pass on the radar, let’s take a look at a few things you can do to be ready should a surprise storm or extreme winter weather hit the DFW area once again.
Protect Your Family
Whether it’s a hard freeze or other disaster like flooding or even tornadoes, an emergency action plan can be a lifesaver for your family. Get everyone on track and practice the plan regularly.
Prepare your truck or car for winter weather, too. Make sure tires are in proper shape, fluids and batteries are topped and ready, and replace your wipers to keep things visible in winter rain.
Keep your emergency kits stocked in both the house and car, and make sure any medication contained therein is within its consumable date.
Protect Your Home
Frozen pipes are a potential reality during the occasional hard freeze, so if unusually low temperatures come through, be ready to let faucets drip and cover outdoor spigots.
Now’s the time to get your HVAC system maintenance and ready for winter, before winter lows really set in. Have any repairs or updates done while the weather is still mild.
If you use a wood-burning furnace or fireplace, make sure to stock some extra wood for a situation where roads may ice. Otherwise, keep your fireplace clean and ventilated to avoid associated risk from soot or smoke.
Protect Your Pets
Outdoor pets may not be able to take the cold weather—bring them in with you, and set them up somewhere cozy. Keep livestock and horses comfortable by providing them with shelter and a ready water supply. If temperatures drop below freezing, make sure you replenish their water with an unfrozen batch regularly.
Being in north Texas means never fully knowing what to expect in winter, but these tips will help you be well on your way to readiness for unexpected storms or winter weather.
If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.