Winter Weather Resources
While the amount of danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, ice, sleet and freezing rain.
A primary concern is that winter storms can knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. We've put together some tips, with the help of our partners, that will help you weather winter storms.
Winter Prep for Your Home
The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. People die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. Because of this, it is important to be prepared for a winter storm before it strikes. To prepare your home, you should consider the following, and check out these additional winter resources:
IBHS Winter Weather Resources
Developed by our long-time partners at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), these resources can prove to be invaluable when it comes to preventing significant property losses as a result of severe winter weather, even in our most Southern states. Those of you who may be facing potential roof collapses, ice dams, damage from frozen pipes and other winter-related hazards to check out these winter weather resources:
- Preventing Ice Dams on Homes
- Last-Minute Winter Weather Checklist for Protecting Homes and Businesses
- Prevent Damage from Frozen Pipes
- Prevent Roof Collapse on Homes
- Commercial Winter Weather Guidance
- Reduce Damage to Homes from Alternative Heating Sources
- Install Weather Stripping and Seals
Winter Prep for Your Business
Winter weather is unpredictable and can have a large impact on your business. While maintaining business operations is always at the forefront of your mind, it is important to consider employee safety as well. You should have policies and procedures in place before bad weather hits so that your company and employees are as prepared as possible. View our tips for businesses here and enjoy these additional resources:
Prepare Your Vehicle for Ice & Snow
During the fall and winter seasons, obstacles such as rain, wildlife, darkness, snow and ice can make driving extremely dangerous. As a result, you should take some steps now to prepare your vehicle to drive in adverse conditions. Click here for tips, and check out our other resources below:
Winter Fire Safety
As the holiday season gets into full swing, many families decorate to spread some cheer and make their homes more festive. While holiday decorations can be fun and beautiful, they can also present fire hazards. Because many holiday traditions like decorating and baking take place in the home, it’s the peak time for home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Here are some things to consider to keep your home and your family safe this holiday season.