Winter Weather Emergencies In Northeast Ohio: A Preparation Guide

Winter Weather Emergencies In Northeast Ohio: A Preparation GuideIt’s hard to believe that another Ohio winter is upon us. Is your home prepared for any problems that may arise? Heavy snowfall, ice storms and high winds can create all kinds of nasty winter weather emergencies, and it is important that you are ready for them. Here are a few tips for weathering whatever type of winter northeast Ohio delivers in the coming months.

  • Before an outage – Taking the time to put together an emergency kit can go a long way toward keep your family safe and comfortable during a power outage. Be sure that you have adequate flashlights and battery-operated lanterns or radios, along with plenty of extra batteries for backup. Have a cell phone charger in your car, since your smartphone can be a key way to stay in contact with the outside world. You should also have a plan for staying warm, at least in one area of your home, by utilizing a wood-burning stove, fireplace or safety-ensured non-electric space heater. In this case, be sure that both your smoke alarms and CO detectors are in proper working order, and that the room is well-ventilated.
  • During an outage – Unplug sensitive electric equipment to avoid any possible voltage irregularities that could happen when power is restored. Keep yourself and your family warm by dressing in layers, as well as wearing hats, scarves and mittens for warmth. Try to keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to avoid spoiling food. However, if it’s cold enough outside, snowdrifts can be used as a backup freezing system, while snow can keep food cool in your cooler and provide water.
  • After an outage – Take caution, even after winter weather emergencies have passed. Never touch downed or hanging electrical wires or anything touching them. Be aware that these wires could also be hidden by snowdrifts, trees or other debris, and be on guard for them.

If you can afford it, you can bypass most of these problems by investing in an emergency backup generator, whether portable or the more elaborate standby generator. Your HVAC contractor can help you find the generator that will best suit your home’s power needs.

For more advice on preparing for winter weather emergencies, contact the professionals at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.We have been serving the greater Cleveland area since 1924.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about weather emergencies and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

For those Do it Yourselfers who would rather take control of your own indoor comfort, you can shop our online store for replacement parts, products and accessories!   

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