How to Prepare for Harsh Winter Conditions

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Northeast Ohio winter is in full force, bringing bone-chilling temperatures and harsh weather conditions. 

These conditions are often unpredictable and can pose a threat to your health and belongings if you don’t proactively plan. Are you prepared for the winter?

Below, we provide tips to help you best prepare for the cold season.

Stock Up on Winter Essentials

Blustering winds, cold temperatures, and accumulated ice and snow can create a dangerous environment, putting your health and belongings at risk. Whether you’re facing an inch of snow or a blizzard, stock up on winter essentials to ensure you’re prepared:

  • Car snowbrushes. Remove ice and snow from your windows to improve visibility and ensure safe driving.
  • Hats, gloves and scarves. Invest in winter accessories to keep dry and warm during the cooler months.
  • Insulated coats and non-skid boots. Layer thick clothing to avoid hypothermia, and invest in sturdy boots to prevent slipping or falling.
  • Rock salt. Use salt to melt accumulated snow and ice on pavement.
  • Shovels. Clear stairs, driveways and walkways to prevent slip and fall injuries.

Keep Fragile or Off-Season Items in a Storage Unit

Freezing temperatures and ice can crack, break or decrease the effectiveness of vehicles, electronics, tools and equipment. For these items, extra protection from harsh winter conditions is required. To ensure your belongings are safeguarded from extreme temperatures, store fragile or off-season items in a climate-controlled self storage unit.

Climate-controlled storage units are insulated and maintain optimal environmental conditions to preserve the integrity of your belongings. The units are temperature and humidity controlled based on seasonal weather conditions. Consider storing items, such as:

  • Electronic devices. Low temperatures can cause devices, such as computers, to crack or lose functionality.
  • Vehicles. Salt residue can rust vehicles, while freezing temperatures can shorten the lifespan of engines.
  • Landscaping and grilling equipment. Harsh winter conditions can deteriorate metal tools and equipment, such as lawn mowers and grills during the off-months.
  • Patio furniture. Metal furniture can create unnecessary patio clutter and is susceptible to rusting if left exposed during the winter.

How do you prepare for the winter? Share with us in the comment section below.

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