There are plenty of tasks that need to be done to prepare yourself and your condo for the winter. Please take a few minutes to read over the information below.
Remove items from exterior patios and decks. High winds can blow unsecured items such as planters, patio furniture and barbeque covers from exterior patios and decks. This can be particularly dangerous in mid-rise and high-rise buildings, as wind speeds increase at higher elevations.
- Tool: Make sure you have a good snow shovel or two.
- Your facilities manager will provide ice melt for the common areas of the community during a snow/ice event. However, it is important that you keep your patio/deck, entry and stairs clear of any snow or ice to further avoid slipping injuries.
The temperature inside your condo should remain no lower than 65 degrees in the winter months. The pipes that feed your sink are exposed to the cold before they reach the sink, so it’s important to keep the temperature up to prevent freezing and, therefore, bursting. Be sure to set your thermostat to 65 degrees or higher.
Portable electric heaters are safe to use as long as they are UL Certified. Make sure they have a safety “tip over” shut-off mechanism.
Do not use anything except for wood or composite fire logs in the fire place. Use of any other materials is a fire hazard.
Do NOT, under any circumstance, use charcoal or charcoal grills inside any condo unit. Besides the obvious fire hazard, burning charcoal releases DEADLY fumes. Some people around the country lost their lives with this dangerous action a few years ago.
Make sure there is no gap (can see outside) under your front door that can let in cold air and/or water. If there is a gap, your door sweep is probably worn out or broken, and will make your unit colder, increasing your electric bill. The door sweep is replaceable and can be found at any hardware store.
- Lay out a mat or rug at the exterior and interior of the entrances to your home to protect the floors of your house from mud, snow, and salt stains. You may also want to place a boot tray by the door for people to place their wet boots and shoes before they enter the home.
We are all responsible for our own safety, but here are a few things to remember:
- Have a couple of flashlights, a radio, and flameless candles in case of an extended power outage. Regular wax candles are OK, but not as safe as flameless.
- Stock up on batteries for the battery-powered accessories above.
- Have extra blankets on hand.
- Have enough Bottled water to last a few days, if not a week. Cold weather can be drying to the body.
It is important that your vehicle(s) is/are fully operational while on the property. Stalled or stuck vehicles can impede snow removal operations and general flow of community traffic. Here are some tips:
- Routine Maintenance:
- Cooling System – Have system tested, flushed if necessary. Prevents overheating when stuck in snow/ice patch.
- Tires – Have enough tread to drive around on packed snow. Bald tires on snow are dangerous.
- Battery - Have battery checked for cold-cranking power at a local shop.
- Get your ice scrapers for car windows ready.
- Chains for your vehicle (if not 4-wheel drive).
- Good set of Jumper Cables.
- De-icer for frozen locks and windows.