Winter weather

Here are some quick and easy reminders about Winter time.

House:

  • Don’t forget to get faucet covers.
  • If you lose power, do you know where your flashlight or candles are located?
  • Make sure all of your blankets and sleeping bags are in one space for easy access.
  • De-icer for the sidewalk.
  • Keep an eye out for the weather. Before the snow comes down, ask yourself, do I have food I can eat without cooking it?
  • When the cold gets under 32 degrees let your indoor faucets drip to keep the pipes from freezing.
  • Find the water main on the sidewalk. It should be somewhere on the sidewalk in front of the house.  The cover is about 6 to 8 inches wide.  When you lift it up, you might see two holes across from each other, when they are lined up the water is shut off. You could have a different system; I recommend you find out how yours works.  You can turn it off with a special tool or wrench.  I would recommend the special tool.
  • “Unplug some of your major appliances. When the power comes back on, all of those appliances can create a drain or power surge. This can harm sensitive equipment. To avoid a power surge when the electricity returns, turn off computers, TVs, stereos and other unnecessary electronic equipment at the power source. Leave a light on so you’ll know when the power is restored.”  Consumer Energy Center   

Car

  • A note to myself, I need to find my chains for my car.
  • Having a little food in the truck helps out. Make sure it is non-perishable.
  • I have spare clothes and blanket.  Ideally, it would be great to have a CERT kit in your trunk. Click here for an example of what a CERT kit contains.

Outside

  • Thin multi-layers are better than two thick layers for clothes.
  • Know the limits of your vehicle.  How many SUV’s have ended up in the ditch because of drivers being overly confident in their abilities/vehicle?

Multnomah County has some great contact numbers for Winter time.

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