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Winter Emergency Guide for Greater Cleveland Homeowners

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 @ 12:28 PM

Cleveland is known to have severe winter weather that can cause power outages. The best way to keep you and your family safe during a winter power outage is to use this winter emergency guide to plan ahead now. Create peace of mind for your family and have everything you need!

The good news is that even when the heating system is out over a power outage, you can forestall temperatures from dropping rapidly in your home and creating not only discomfort but also damage due to freezing and other problems.  All that his takes is some fore thought and preparation.


Winter emergency guide: How to prepare for an outage

  • emergency kit for cleveland stormsStock up on firewood if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Battery-powered versions and those with battery backups will continue to work during an outage.
  • Collect emergency supplies (flashlights, battery-powered radios, extra batteries, first aid kit, nonperishable food, water, hand-operated can opener, tool box) and store them in a safe place.
  • Seal your home against the elements by adding insulation to water pipes and applying weatherstripping and caulk to windows and doors.
  • Keep electronics plugged into surge protectors. When the power comes back on, there are often surges that can damage sensitive or expensive electrical devices. If you don't have a surge detector an alternative is to simply disconnect devices and appliances until the power have been established.
  • Have your car serviced in the fall. Make sure the mechanic checks the antifreeze, heater, brakes, ignition, battery, oil and more.

Winter emergency guide: How to cope during a power outage

  • Bundle up.
  • Light a fire if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove.
  • If the sun is not out, close drapes and shades to help keep the heat in the house.
  • Melt snow for additional water if needed.
  • Do not use the stove or oven to heat the house — they were not designed for this purpose and can create unhealthy situations in the home. 
  • Turn faucets on slightly to help keep the pipes from freezing.
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment and keep one light switch flipped on so you know when the power is restored.
  • Climb into the car and drive around the neighborhood to enjoy the heater on full blast. Avoid main roads since traffic lights will be out and the roads are likely to be congested.

Winter emergency guide: What to do after a power outage

  • If you go outside, by wary of downed power lines. Never touch them, and keep children and pets away.
  • Check in on your neighbors.
  • Stay off the streets.
  • Call your utility company to report any post-outage problems.

With this winter emergency guide in mind, you’ll be better prepared for a power outage this winter. For more useful heating and cooling tips, please contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today. We serve residents in the greater Cleveland area.

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15 tips to keep you warm this Cleveland winter

Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: heating, carbon monoxide detectors, Winter Emergency Guide

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