were flying Tuesday and again Wednesday in Sioux Falls and other parts of the
region, but are you ready for winter?
is winter weather preparedness day. It doesn't have to take a lot of time or
money. There are many things we can do to gear up for winter before it arrives.
first step is to stay ahead of the weather.
to the meat of the forecast, meaning how much snow is being forecast? How cold
is it going to be? And then take the necessary steps at that time to protect
yourself," said Todd Heitkamp, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service
in Sioux Falls.
you'll need to get your vehicle set.
your battery checked, check your lights, make sure they're working properly,
your windshield wiper blades," said Donald Toyne, retail parts manager at Advance Auto
also remember that it takes longer to stop on those slippery surfaces.
need to slow down a little bit drive a little bit more cautious until you start
developing those winter driving habits again," said Toyne.
when it comes to preparing your home for the winter just a few simple items can
go a long way toward saving you a lot of money.
maintenance like for example blowing out your sprinkler system and making sure
that you don't have any issues with freezing during the winter, and insulating
your windows, your doors and that type of thing," said Allan Holmes, who works
Holmes is a plumbing pro at Lowe's. He recommends going through your house from
top to bottom.
have heat tape that actually prevents water backup on your roof when you put
the wire up along the edge of your roof. That prevents a lot of damage," said
when you go outside your home, take a moment in the morning to consider the
clothes your wearing.
we issue a wind chill warning or an advisory or anything like that we need to
make sure that as the kids leave for school or we leave for work that all
exposed flesh, our hands and face, is covered if you're going to be outside for
any extended period of time," said Heitkamp.
around here we see between 35 to 40 inches of snow in the winter time.
one more tip that won't cost you anything: turn down your thermostat. You can
save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your
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