With the onset of biting cold winters, the people of Long Island need to take necessary measures for their safety. With the temperatures going in minus, it’s better that they are prepared with certain safety hazards that can prove to be dangerous if neglected.
With winters on its heels approaching with massive snowfall, it becomes deadly to survive. They have to ensure there is no heating breakdown during emergencies. Survival of the fittest holds true, with staying warm being on top of the fundamental needs.
Here are some ways to prepare yourself for the winters before the temperature dips.
Get ahead of time and have the heating system serviced before the snowfall approaches. Keep a check on your air filters, fireplace, space heaters, and safety devices at the beginning of the cold season. Weather-strip the house to trap the heat in and keep the draft out.
Alternative heat sources
If you have wood stoves, stock up a good amount of wood and use it judiciously. One can also use indoor propane heaters as they prove to be safe for indoor use. Use the natural sunlight to keep yourself warm, and place dark blankets on the floor to absorb the heat. Always keep a fire extinguisher near an open flame heat source or a fire exit that is easily accessible.
Keep heating oil in stock
The best way to deal with an emergency is to avoid it in the first place. Keeping heating oil in handy is a must, so check the gauge or look for providers before the onset of winters; the other best option is to schedule a heating oil delivery.
Contact local suppliers to check whether delivery to your location or not. You can take help of the internet, for example, search for Romeo’s Fuel’s delivery area and get to know whether they deliver it to your place or not. In the same way check for other suppliers as well and create a list of heating oil suppliers that deliver to your location. You can use the list during a no-heat emergency to ask any one of the suppliers to deliver.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast
The situation can turn drastic, so keep candles, flashlights, batteries, radio, and first aid kit all handy. Prepare your vehicles and check their oil levels, breakers, as one should be prepared for an unpleasant emergency. Look out for any warnings of a winter storm and be vigilant enough to react to it. Keep checking the weather updates, don’t try to assume without any official update.
Trap heat inside
Insulating the home with blankets over windows and doorways and layering up can help you keep warm when the power is out. Be careful while using the fireplace and maintain proper ventilation. Keep the faucets to a steady drip, so the pipes do not freeze, or direct a heat lamp at the frozen section. When faced with an extended power outage, conserve heat by living in the same room. Using a sleeping bag will keep you much warmer rather than sleeping on a mattress.
Keep your home warm and safe with these winter home safety tips. The presence of mind is what will keep you going. Eat a healthy protein diet, so your energy levels are high, and keep yourself hydrated so that you can function efficiently in times of need. Be mentally prepared as the winter of Long Island will surprise you.
Ensure a few extra warm blankets and comforters during sale time or when at a discount. Doing a little troubleshoot prior can save you some money and help you survive the bitter winters. Keeping a check on the old equipment and getting them serviced beforehand can solve half the problems you might face.
Be mindful when using supplemental devices and never use outdoor equipment like barbecues, outdoor stoves, etc., inside as carbon monoxide can prove dangerous and deadly.