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Winter saving tips
Colder weather has finally decided to show up in South Alabama and with it that means its time to turn the AC off and crank the heat up. Even though we don’t get that much cold weather this winter is predicted to be colder and wetter than normal. Below are some tips to help you make sure your home is prepared for winter.
- Turn fans on. Circulate air throughout your home during the cold months. We tend to turn our fans off when it gets cold but turning them on can actually have benefits. As your furnace heats the air, that warm air eventually rises to the ceiling and cools off or escapes through windows and imperfections in the roof. Turning fans on, and if angling them towards the ceiling if possible, forces that trapped warm air back down and heats your home.
- Use a humidifier. Moist air retains heat better than dry air, so running a humidifier can save money in heating cost while also adding many health benefits.
- Sealing leaks. The easiest and best way to retain heat in your home, and save energy costs, is through sealing leaks. Your home releases hot air through imperfections in building materials and construction design. Common areas to find leaks include around doors, windows, near the attic, where wires and cables enter your house, and around electrical outlets. Seal gaps around any pipes, wires, vents or other openings with caulk or weather stripping. This costs as little as $5 and can save up to 10-20% of your heating bill.
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Winterizing your home or business
Fall and winter is upon us and its time to think about winterizing our homes and businesses. Water can collect in cracks and spaces between bricks and masonry and freeze, causing structural damage. Even in warmers climates like here in the Wiregrass, extended hours of cold temps can lead to bursting pipes and unwanted damages to your business.
Fortunately, with a small amount of preparation you can help prevent some problems from occurring this winter. The following precautionary measures will help take care of your property.
- Check your home or business for broken or damaged trees.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entry points to address slippery conditions that might occur.
- Install slip resistant mats to prevent falls
- Keep floors dry and rugs inside doorways to help dry up unwanted water.
- Post caution signs to warn employees and guests of the winter conditions.
- Always unplug heaters.
- Make sure pipes are wrapped and secure to prevent freezing.
- Keep some water dripping at night to prevent pipes from busting.
Preparing for winter can sometimes be a lot of work, but these few tips can help prevent your property from experiencing any winter damage.
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The most powerful tornadoes occur in the United States.
Tornadoes should be taken very seriously. Winds in excess of 200 mph or more are possible and will destroy anything in its path.
In the event of inclement weather, watch television or listen to the radio for details and instructions for your viewing area.
A Tornado Watch indicates that conditions are favorable for a tornado in your area.
A Tornado Warning indicates that a tornado has either been spotted on Doppler radar or is on the ground.
Be sure to prepare a disaster plan before inclement weather begins. Be certain that your family knows where to go in case of severe weather.
Have a supply kit for your home in the event of a severe weather emergency. Your disaster kit should include flashlights, a radio that operates by batteries, bottled water, non perishable food items, a first aid kit and extra clothing.
A basement or the interior room of a home without windows, such as a closet or bathroom, are safe places to go.
If you live in a mobile home, you need to leave. They offer minimal safety during tornadoes.
Immediately following a tornado, make sure that it is safe before you exit the room or building.
Be on the lookout for downed power lines.
Ensure that others around you are safe and unharmed, without putting yourself in harms way.
Inspect your home for damages.
We are experiencing unusually cold temperatures this week so please make sure that you cover your plants, bring your animals in, and take precautions to prevent frozen pipes. Here are some tips to prevent damage:
Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Wrap exposed pipes if possible
Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
The most powerful Tornadoes occur in the United States.
A typical tornado only lasts for a few minutes.
Every tornado has its own color, sound and shape.
You need to step on the pedal of a car pass 70 miles per hour to outrun the fastest tornadoes.
The chances that a tornado is a F5, the highest classification for a tornado on the F-scale, is less than 0.1%
Tornadoes have been reported in every state in the US and also in every season.
A Tornado can occur at any time, but most often between 3pm and 9pm.
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