Salt your walks and driveway ahead of time
Pick up a bag or container of ice melt or deicing salt at a
home center or hardware store and sprinkle it on your sidewalks, steps and
driveway. If you have a dog or are putting salt on a public sidewalk, look for
pet-friendly ice melt. Also keep a bag of sand on hand in case you need extra
traction on the driveway after the storm.
Need electricity for your well pump? Fill water containers
and the bathtub
The biggest problem with ice storms is that they cause trees
to fall on the power lines. If you don't have a backup generator and you rely
on well water, make sure to stock up on water for cooking and drinking. And
don't forget—you'll need water to flush the toilets. This is where a full bathtub
comes in handy.
Prepare your car for the ice
If your family is like ours, there's never room in the
garage for both cars. If you have to leave your car out, here are a few tips. Lube your car to prevent your locks from freezing and your doors from freezing shut. Spray
dry-lube Teflon into the locks and on the door weather stripping. Also pick
up a bottle of Prestone Windshield De-Icer for after the storm. It'll make
short work of clearing thick ice from your car windows.
Don't get stuck in the garage
If your garage isn't heated, the sweep at the bottom of the
door can freeze to the concrete slab and you won't be able to open the overhead
door. Help prevent this by sprinkling deicer across the garage door opening
before the storm.
— Jeff Gorton,
Great ideas, thanks!
I live in Ohio, never think to put ice melt on the sidewalk before the snow, but suspect the wind would blow it away before the snow begins to fall. Will try it. Also, before the last freeze here we sprayed the car doors with cooking spray. The freeze before that I was frozen out of my car. We had no idea what to buy, so used what we had with crossed fingers. I put windshield deicer in an old cleaned out dish soap bottle and keep it handy for squirting on my windows.
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