Preparing for colder weather

Many parts of Indiana will wake up to the first freeze of the fall Sunday morning. The coldest temperatures will be during the time of 3 a.m. to 9 a.m.

As the temperatures continue to drop as the fall and winter seasons progress, it is a good time to start thinking about winter preparedness. Planning ahead can save time and trouble when bad weather comes to Michiana.

As people start to turn on their heaters, it is smart to keep the thermostat at a steady temperature to help prevent pipes from bursting.

People should plan ahead and create a survival kit for their home in case of power outages. It should include food that does not need to be cooked or refrigerated and water stored in clean containers, as well as any medications that may be needed.

If space heaters are used, they should be placed on a level, hard surface and keep flammable items at least three feet away. Stoves or ovens should not be used to heat homes.

People can protect water pipes by leaving the water dripping. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to be around the plumbing and keep garage doors closed.

To prepare in case of being stranded on the roads during bad weather, people should pack a blanket, flashlight, and nonperishable food items in their vehicles.

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