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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Fall Preparedness Tips

Newsflash - Fall Tips

Fall is here, days are shorter, and cooler, leaves are turning, and winter is just around the corner.  Now is the time to get your home warm and cozy for cooler temps and unpredictable weather conditions. Here are a few ways to prepare for the cooler days ahead:

  • It does not take many leaves to clog a storm drain, you can prevent flooding by keeping drains in your neighborhood clear of leaves and debris.  Do not attempt to remove the grate - only clear the debris on top of it.  
  • Clear rain gutters and repair roof leaks.  Remove leaves and other debris from your drainpipe and gutters to prevent clogging.
  • Dispose of leaves and yard debris in your yard waste container, do not rake or blow leaves from your yard into the street or leave them piled up in the road, parking area or right of way.
  •  If a catch basin is clogged due to debris covering the grate, notify Public Works at 360-417-4745.
  • Clean the fireplace and chimney.  Inspect the flue and ensure doors and shields are sound. Have the chimney professionally swept if needed.
  • Schedule a maintenance check on your HVAC system.  Change air filters every three months to maximize efficiency.
  • Stay warm, save energy and prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather-stripping drafty doors and windows.  
  • Insulate water pipes to prevent freezing. 
  • Drain outdoor faucets and store hoses.
  • Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.  
  • Speaking of which, make sure you have fire extinguishers in your home and that everyone knows how to use them – house fires are more common during winter storms as people turn to alternate heat sources
  • Don’t forget to protect your pets from the elements.  Have dry bedding available and make sure your fence lines are secure.

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