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every year. 

Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during 

cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from 


All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use 

them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources 

without taking the necessary safety precautions.

Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Isulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside 

to keep cold air out.

Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight 

from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

Know the Terms

Know the terms used to describe changing winter weather conditions and what actions to take. 

These terms can be used to determine the timeline and severity of an approaching storm. 

(Advisory / Watch / Warning). The NWS also issues advisories and warnings for other winter 

weather, including blizzards, freezes, wind chill, lake effect snow, and dense fog. Be alert to 

weather reports and tune in for specific guidance when these conditions develop.

Freezing Rain - Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, 

walkways, trees and power lines.

Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on 

roads to freeze and become slippery.

Wind Chill- Windchill is the temperature it “feels like” when you are outside. The NWS 

provides a Windchill Chart to show the difference between air temperature and the perceived 

temperature and the amount of time until frostbite occurs. For more information, visit: www.

Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant 

inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be 

life threatening. The NWS issues a winter weather advisory when conditions are expected to 

cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations 

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