Winter weather preparedness week for Michiana
It's that time of year again when we have to start getting things ready for the winter season. We've already had a small taste of winter last week, but plenty will be on the way. So, now is the time to get your vehicle in shape for the cold. First off, and maybe most importantly, get that battery checked and/or replaced. Have your wiper blades replaced if they're more than one year old. Get all of your fluids checked and topped off as well. Lastly, check those tires too. Both the pressure and tread. During extremely cold nights, your tires will actually lose air pressure slowly over time, and could lead to traction issues if you're not keeping an eye on them.
Also, have an emergency kit in your trunk containing at least jumper cables, a flashlight, and some tools to make quick repairs. Having some extra/spare clothes, non-perishable food and water as well is good idea too. And if you drive a compact car, a shovel and some cat litter will help weigh you down more and provide better traction and could help you out if you get stuck in the snow.
Along with getting your car ready, it's a good idea to start prepping your home as well. First off, be sure to get your furnace checked right now before the harshest of the cold and snow sets in. And if you do happen to lose power at all this winter. Have an alternate heating source. Never rely on an oven or stove to heat your entire home. Have your vents checked as well to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning as well. And it's not a bad idea to have those smoke alarms checked if you haven't already.
Lastly, just like your vehicle, have a home emergency kit for power loss during the winter. Non-perishable food, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a small first aid kit. A weather radio could help too if your power is out for a few days or an extended period of time.