If you’ve just moved to an area that receives a lot of snow, you’re excited about the first storm but also a little nervous. Here’s what you need to do to ensure that you stay safe when the storm hits.
1. Have Your Roof Inspected
Your roof is the key barrier between your house and the outdoors; it keeps you warm and dry as temperatures plummet and precipitation increases. However, if your roof is too old or not properly installed, it doesn’t withstand the pressure caused by heavy snowfall. Have a professional look over your entire roof and conduct a roof snow load measurement. Don’t delay on repairs or replacements, since they promote your safety and save you money in the long term.
2. Know Your Area’s Snow Removal Plan
Snow removal plans vary in details and efficacy from city to city. Talk to your neighbors about how long it takes to clear the streets and whether the city puts down salt ahead of predicted storms. Ask whether you need to put your car in your driveway to help with snow removal and if there are any other special rules.
3. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead for a snowstorm means making sure that you have plenty of food, water, and heat sources. Bring in wood if you have a fireplace or a wood-burning stove, or purchase a generator or gas-powered heater. You also need to think about your work plan. Does your office give liberal leave on snow days, or do you need to report anyway? Are you allowed to telework? Answering these questions ahead of time ensures that you don’t make a bad spur-of-the-moment decision due to stress.
By following these three tips, you make sure that your house is safe for your first snowstorm and that you’re ready to enjoy it.