Is Your Home Prepared for the Winter Season?

Cars covered with fresh white snowA severe winter weather in Kansas poses several problems from a potential power outage, heavy snowfall, extremely low temperatures, and slippery roads.

Some people only consider being prepared for tornadoes during spring, yet K-State Research and Extension’s Prepare Kansas campaign places an equal importance on planning ahead for winter, which would probably last until March.

Disaster Preparedness

Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that almost 50% of American adults decide to forego emergency planning, whether it’s for a cold snap or a storm, according to K-State Research specialist Elizabeth Kiss. Attic insulation in Kansas should be part of your winter preparations. It not only protects your house against the cold, but also save money on utility bills.

This will be useful, as electricity prices might increase in 2018. Utility companies in the state intend to raise their rates, despite lower corporate taxes under the proposed reforms by the federal government. Kansas City Power & Light, for instance, plans to request an increase in rates within the first half of this year.

Winter Plans

Power outages during the winter season are still more likely to happen than companies asking for higher electric rates. Due to this, you should already have an emergency kit that would last for at least three days.

This kit should contain basic necessities such as canned food, candles, matches, flashlights and portable heaters among others. Make sure to put out candles or other heat sources before going to bed. It may be cold, but it does not make your home fireproof.

An emergency plan does not necessarily mean that you expect disasters to take place. Instead, it should serve as a contingency measure for certain events that are beyond your control. How do you plan to stay safe and warm during the winter season?