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Your Winter Preparation Checklist

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

woman blowing snow out of her hands

The cold weather seems to be creeping in sooner than usual. This is the northeast, after all. But before the heavy snow really blows in and blankets the Capital Region, make sure your Hawthorne Gardens apartment is prepared and organized for what can be treacherous weather.

The Winter Preparation Checklist for 2015:

  1. Salt: Although we take care of walkways and parking lots, it doesn’t hurt to have extra salt on hand for those inopportune times when the ice is quicker than our maintenance crew (who are pretty quick!). Have some in your apartment and in your vehicle for when you’re out and about.
  2. Waterproof Mats: Keep waterproof mats in your car/truck for the messy weather.
  3. De-Icing Window Cleaner: The window cleaner you use in the summer is different than that in the colder months. Make sure your de-icing fluid can withstand the cold weather we get each year - you don’t want to get stuck on the road with a compromised windshield.
  4. Car Battery: Have your vehicle battery checked and repaired, if need be.
  5. Ice Scraper and a Backup: You can get ice scrapers at the dollar store, but we suggest you invest in a quality scraper that won’t break too easily. And keeping an extra on hand is always good planning.
  6. Shovel: You’ll need one for home and one to keep in your car. Better to be safe than sorry.
  7. Stock Up on These Foods: Canned goods (make sure you have a working can opener on hand), pretty much anything that doesn’t always require refrigeration and/or heating.
  8. Water: In case water gets interrupted, you’ll want a minimum of 3 gallons on hand.
  9. Batteries: Get all sizes and stock up on them (try using Harbor Freight for good prices on batteries). Don’t be afraid to have too many (and don’t forget to recycle them appropriately).
  10. Battery Operated Tools: Clocks, 2-3 flashlights, radio (for weather and emergency messages). You can also consider a hand-crank radio — Target and Walmart have them. They’re good for winter and all year.
  11. First Aid Kit: Don’t use the one you’ve been picking out of — get a new one and make sure all the contents are up-to-date.
  12. Extra Blankets: In case of a short interruption in power, you’ll want to stay warm. Plus, it’s a good idea to keep 2 warm blankets in your car, just in case.
  13. Extra Cell Phone Charger: You’ll want one for home and a portable, pre-charged battery for your car.
It’s no secret the northeast can have tough winters. The more you’re prepared, the safer and better you’ll be. The list above is not the most exhaustive, but it’s a fine start to creating a safety net that you can use this coming winter! Of course, you can always contact us if you have any questions or concerns about winters on our property. Stay safe!

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