Michigan winters can be a force to be reckoned with. One storm can stop businesses, close schools, and turn busy roads into vacant lots. Its enduring yet unpredictable presence can bring an entire region to a halt.
Don’t be caught off guard by an unexpected snow day. Brace yourself for the worst the season has to offer by winterizing your home. Here’s everything you need to remain safe and sound, indoors.
Interior to Exterior: Have a quality inspection of your home that includes windows, insulation, and weather stripping. They’re your first line of defense against chilly drafts and damaging leaks. Also, check your roof for any holes or soft spots. Roofing is one of the most common yet overlooked home repairs.
Keeping Warm: Home heating systems must be professionally serviced once a year. Other sources such as fireplaces and wood stoves, should be thoroughly cleaned with proper ventilation leading outside. If you’re a fan of space heaters, please operate with caution. Always check cords for potential fire hazards such as rips, tears, and exposed wiring.
Staying Alert: Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are present and operational. Carbon monoxide is a gas that is colorless, odorless, and fatal. A detector is crucial in protecting you and your family from its looming threat. Test the batteries regularly (about once a month) and change them twice a year.
In Case of Emergency: Invest in a go-to safety kit to handle small emergencies. It should include first aid items such as bandages, antiseptic, and aspirin. If there are babies in the home, add extra diapers and wipes. Stock up on battery-operated devices like lamps, flash lights, and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio.
Kitchen Staples: Buy plenty of canned goods. They offer complete meals with an extensive shelf life. Plus, vegetables, beans, and soups are quick to make and easy to ration. Also, fill the freezer with meats and seafood that can be thawed and cooked for later. Dry fruits, cereal, and nuts are viable choices for healthy snacking, while a delicious cup of cocoa can help keep you warm.
Find the Fun: When it comes to entertainment, think outside the box. Create engaging activities the whole family can enjoy. Plot an indoor obstacle course, play roaming hide-and-seek, or make mitten puppets and put on a show. Dust off your favorite board game or finally start that puzzle you’ve been putting off. The latter has been linked to improved cognitive function, bolstering memory and problem-solving skills.