Our first snow might be right around the corner, and that means you have to have an emergency plan in place in case you get snowed in.

First things first: Stay inside. Don’t go outside when there’s a winter storm advisory unless there’s an absolute emergency.

From there, follow these five tips for making it through a winter storm safely.

5 Tips for Making it Through a Winter Storm Safely

Close Off Rooms You’re Not Using

You’ll save on heating costs if you close off the rooms you’re not using. Shut the heat vents and, if the doors are drafty, fold towels to block the wind.

Close Blinds and Curtains

Winds can get pretty high during Michigan’s winter storms, so close the blinds and curtains. This serves two purposes: First, if the windows break, the blinds or curtains will keep the glass from spraying into your home. Second, they help seal in heat.

Drink Plenty of Water

Aim for water and other non-caffeinated beverages to prevent dehydration. A lot of times, cold air is very dry – and staying hydrated can help you stay healthy.

Wear Loose-Fitting, Lightweight Clothing You Can Layer

In case the power goes out, you want to be wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes you can layer to keep warm.

Make Sure You Have Proper Ventilation

If you’re using heat from a fireplace or woodstove, make sure there’s proper ventilation in your home. If you have a gas furnace, you’ll need to check that it’s not blocked by a snowdrift – and if you have an upstairs gas furnace that vents on the roof, you might have to shut it off until the snow melts.

Do You Need to Talk to a Disaster Remediation Expert in Ann Arbor?

If you’ve had a disaster, whether it’s water damagefire damage or something else, we may be able to help you start moving forward again.

Call us at 734-352-9183 or contact us online so we can schedule an appointment to analyze the situation and help you get back on track.