If you’re new to the Ohio area and are used to a more mild climate you may have heard that Ohio winters can get fairly gritty.  Last year the Farmer’s Almanac named Cleveland, Ohio, one of the 5 Worst Winter Weather Cities. As fall is closing in and temperatures are beginning to drop, it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for your first Ohio winter. Here are some tips for getting ready for the winter ahead.

1) Winterize Your Car
While a funny commercial, it’s not completely necessary to own a Dodge all-wheel to survive the winter. So what does it mean to winterize? Simple things – make sure your windshield wipers and fluid are working properly, check your tire pressure and treads, get that long put-off oil change, check your anti-freeze, and put together a winter emergency car kit (extra blankets, flares, water, food, etc.). Check out Ohio.gov’s Winter Safety Tips.

2) Stock Up on Outdoor Snow Supplies
Shovels, salt or sand for icy walks or stairs, and a good ice scraper for the car. Check out this monster from Amazon.com that is sure to get you going quickly.

3) Store Outdoor Summer Items
Tables and chairs, summer planters, pool items, etc., should all be stored away to prevent damage. No room to store these items indoors? Contact Andrews to learn more about our short-term storage options.

4) Get Your Chimney Cleaned and Inspected
Winter fires are cozy and a great source of heat, but the Chimney Safety Institute of America estimates around 26,000 residential structure fires a year resulting from fireplace, chimney, and chimney connectors. Make sure to get yours properly taken care of before stocking up on fire wood.

5) Check Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Batteries should be switched twice a year at the start/end of daylight savings time. Daylight savings time will end November 6 this year so be ready to switch out the old batteries with new ones. Make sure to periodically check to make sure both the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Don’t have a carbon monoxide detector? Consider getting one! Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen any time, but there is a higher risk in the winter.

6) Get Some Winter Weather Gear
Hats, gloves, scarves, boots, heavy coats – you name it, you may need it! Walmart has women’s scarf and glove sets for just $10. Make sure to get an extra pair of gloves since it seems one always goes missing.

7) Gather Power-Outage Supplies
Make sure your supplies from the summer are revamped. Flashlights, batteries, candles, and matches are important. Don’t forget extra water and some non-perishable food. Extra blankets in the winter are essential, especially if your only source of  heat is electric.

If you’re planning on moving your home or business around the block or across the country this winter, consider hiring a professional. Driving a rental truck on nasty road ways can be extra stressful and dangerous. Need help moving? Contact us!

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