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Winter Storms – What You Need to Know to Stay Safe


At ServiceMark Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we do more than just talking about our heating services and other HVAC services because we know how important it is to keep our valued customers safe, which is why we have written this blog.

Take 3-5 minutes to read the information below, so you are educated and prepared for the upcoming winter months. We know you’ll agree that nothing is more important than keeping your family safe and sound at all times.

Winter storms can range from a moderate snowfall over a few hours to blizzard-like conditions with blinding and wind-driven heavy snowfall, which can possibly last for several days.

Tree lined street with trees and road covered by heavy snowfall

Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states while others can impact just a single community.

Dangerously frigid temperatures and strong, bone-chilling winds, icing, sleet, and freezing rain often times accompany many of the winter storms we experience in the Northeastern states we live in.

Regardless of the storm’s severity, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these severe events.

Know the Difference:

Winter Storm Outlook – Winter Storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. It is important to use caution when dealing with Winter Weather Advisories.

Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in the watch zone should review storm plans and stay informed about the developing weather patterns headed their way.

Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening and severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within the next 24 hours. People in the warning area should take precautions immediately to ensure their safety.

Close up view of tree branches covered in snow

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm:

  1. Keep your car’s gas tank full, as this keeps the fuel line from freezing.
  2. Install storm windows, or cover your windows with plastic because this helps keep cold air out.
  3. Maintain your HVAC (Heating Cooling Ventilation) system to reduce the need for service calls during winter storms.
  4. Going away in cold weather? Make sure you set your thermostat back to no more than 55 degrees F.

Put Together a Safety Kit:

  1. Gather a three-day water supply – one gallon per day for each person.
  2. Collect a three-day supply of non-perishable food that’s easy to prepare.
  3. Keep flashlights close by and make sure there are extra batteries at hand; candles are also helpful to keep nearby.
  4. Have a NORA weather radio (battery or hand-crank) and stay tuned to reports.
  5. Store a First Aid Kit nearby including all needed medical items, including hearing aids, glasses, syringes, etc.
  6. Have a standard multi-purpose tool handy.
  7. Be able to supply sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  8. Have your cell phone with charges on stand-by.
  9. Keep extra cash, baby supplies and pet needs on hand.
  10. Have warm clothes, gloves, hats, boots and extra blankets for everybody.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Can Kill

Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside the home, or in any other partially enclosed area.

The items listed above should be used away from doors, windows, and vents, which could allow carbon monoxide into the home. We also suggest installing carbon monoxide alarms in central locations, on every level of the house and outside sleeping areas, to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

If an alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air area outside or go to an open window and call for help. Wait there until emergency help can arrive to assist.

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