Getting Ready for Winter in the Country

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As they say in Games of Thrones …Winter’s coming! And just like the folks in the HBO show, it’s vital that those who live in the country are prepared for the harsh realities of winter. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

House Preparations – Obviously, the biggest challenge and most important thing to worry about is keeping your home warm when the frigid temperatures start to hit. Now (November) is a great time of year to inspect the key elements that keep your home warm including your furnace, insulation, and windows. Many companies provide these services if you don’t have the skillset to do it yourself. Its way better to be safe and make sure everything is fine than try and fix something on the fly in the middle of the freezing cold. In addition to these interior inspections, you should also make sure to disconnect all water hoses and sprinklers.

Car Preparations – If you’re a responsible vehicle-owner, than you already take your car in for regular check- and tune-ups, but regardless, right before winter hits is a vital time to schedule an appointment. Some key parts of your car that need to be checked in preparation for winter are the coolant system (antifreeze), battery, and oil – these can all cause major problems if they are not “winter ready”. Of course, if you do live in an area that gets a lot of snow, winter tires are always a wise choice as well!

People Preparations – This depends on the size of your family, but whether you have a dozen children or are just living with your partner, pre-winter is a good time to go through your closet and make sure you all the clothing you’re going to need until spring. This includes hats, boots, coats, scarves, long-underwear, and warm socks! I like to do my big shop of the year in the city right before winter. Also, it’s prudent to store up on a bunch of food that will last if you’re snowed in for a few days. You don’t want to have to make a dangerous trek into the city in a storm because your family is hungry.

Animal Preparations – If you have animals, than some of the same recommendation as people may apply. Obviously you’re not going to need clothing for them, but you want to make sure they are going to be warm by ensuring the area they sleep is protected from wind and has something like straw or blankets that they can snuggle with to keep warm. Also, the same loading up on food recommendation for people applies to animals – keep a few extra weeks of feed on hand for the worst case scenario.

Follow these tips and you should be pretty much good to go for the winter. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about zombies!

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