Virginia's first big storm of 2016 is on the way, and we want to be sure our Members are prepared. Here are a few tips to help protect your property from winter weather-related damage, brought to you by Virginia Farm Bureau and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.
- PREPARE FOR A POWER OUTAGE
Heavy snow and high winds are a recipe for widespread power outages. Prepare a plan now before a possible outage.
• Learn how you can use alternative heat sources and generators safely.
• Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with three days of food, water, prescription
medications and other supplies ready.
• Consider obtaining a NOAA Weather Radio to stay abreast of current weather conditions.
- PREVENT ROOF COLLAPSE
If heavy snow begins to accumulate on your roof, remove the snow with a snow rake and a long extension arm that will allow you to remove the snow while standing safely on the ground.
- STAY SAFE AND WARM
Inspect your source of heat for any damage which can cause a fire and result in costly property damage. Also, remove combustible items placed near a heat source.
- PREVENT FROZEN PIPES
Prevent costly water damage caused by frozen pipes by:
• providing a reliable back-up power source
• insulating all attic penetrations
• ensuring proper seals on all doors and windows
• sealing all cracks and openings in exterior walls
- KNOW YOUR WINTER WEATHER ALERTS
When severe winter weather is on its way, it’s important you know and understand what each alert means so you can respond accordingly.
Thanks to VA Farm Bureau