Are you ready to greet the winter? Be proactive and get a head start on all your household winter prepping tips now. We've got all the tips and products you need to ensure your home and property weather the winter safely and efficiently.
Install thermostat-controlled, UL-listed pipe heating cables along pipes that are vulnerable to dropping temperatures. Use cables that are appropriate for your pipe and follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. Some manufacturers recommend unplugging the cables at the end of the season.
Try the EasyHeat Water Pipe Freeze Protection Cable (link needed). It keeps water flowing down to -40 degrees and comes pre-assembled and ready to install. An energy-saving thermostat measures pipe temperature, and each foot of cable consumes only seven watts of power.
Stay warm by dressing in layers. Whatever outdoor home improvement projects you're working on, you'll need durable, versatile, and reliable workwear to keep you safe and warm in winter.
Tip: In plummeting temperatures, consider wearing a heated jacket to ensure your comfort and safety. The Bosch 12-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Heated Jacket (link needed) has three quick-warming zones (two chest, one back) and a three-level heat controller for maximum control and comfort. Water- and wind-resistant with adjustable sleeves and waist, this lightweight and versatile heated jacket even has a USB charging pocket that's compatible with most electronics.
Winter Storm Prep
When those winds start blowing, make sure you're ready. Keep your family and property safe in case of power failure, fallen trees, or damage to infrastructure.
Tip: In case of a power outage keep shades and curtains open during the day so the sun can warm your space; close them at night to keep heat in. Turn off all your appliances and electronic equipment to prevent damage from a surge when power is restored. Don't open your freezer or fridge unless it's absolutely necessary. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours if the door remains closed. Use proper candle holders (deep, wide holders are best) and never leave lit candles unattended. Check on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours (e.g. the elderly, ill, or disabled) who may require special assistance.
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