Winter Ready?

1 March 2022

It’s been a long, hot summer with plenty of rain. Surprisingly, the grass is still green. Does this portend to a heavy winter ahead? According to meteorologists, this winter will be a heavy one.

So it’s time for Winter readiness! It is always best to get these tasks out of the way before the first snowfall and early October is prime time!

For your home….

  • Check your carbon monoxide detectors for expiry dates and battery life before turning on the furnace
  • Check your furnace filter. It should be changed every 3 months maximum and during heavy use every month for optimum efficiency
  • Save your pipes! If you plan a winter get away, set your thermostat to at least 13 degrees Celsius/55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher if your home is older or not well-insulated to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting
  • Clean your eaves troughs of leaves and debris and repair leaky areas to prevent flooding when the snow starts to melt
  • Make sure your shovels and snow blower are in shape and stock up on salt to avoid slippery mishaps
  • Prepare or re-stock your winter storm emergency kit to include at least three days’ worth of supplies on hand for every member of your household (including pets) along with an alternative source of heat to keep you warm when the furnace is out. The following is a list of must have items:
    • A list of emergency contacts
    • Battery operated phone charger
    • A first aid kit
    • Bottled water
    • Wood or fuel for your stove or heater
    • Non-perishable food (and pet food)
    • Candles, matches and a lighter
    • A flashlight and extra batteries
    • Cash
    • Warm blankets

For your vehicle….

  • Purchase windshield wiper fluid for winter weather
  • Check your windshield wipers for wear. Blades should be changed every 6 months
  • Make your appointment to change to winter tires. Insurance companies give a winter tire discount. Check with your provider to see if you qualify
  • Prepare your winter storm kit for your car in case you’re stuck. This should include:
    • Jumper cables
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Flares
    • Water bottles
    • Warm blankets, extra gloves and hats
    • Non-perishable food items
    • Compact shovel
    • Winter salt

For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Debbie Arnold, R.I.B. (ON), C.A.I.B.

Business Development Manager, Personal Lines