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Time to winterize home, car before winter sets in

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Now is the time to winterize your home and your car before Old Man Winter is here to stay.

As temperatures dip into the lowest numbers the Heartland has seen in several months, there are some simple things to keep in mind when getting your home prepped for winter:

  • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors before turning on your heat.
  • Seal cracks, holes or aging windows as any cold air that gets in can mean a higher heating bill.
  • Make sure your snow blower and/or other snow-clearing equipment is working properly.
  • Take stock of your ice melt, salt, shovels and other snow-clearing materials.
  • If your home is centrally-heated, you should know the U.S. Department of Energy estimates up to 60-percent of warmed air in your home is lost if your ducts are not properly insulated or in working order. Make sure ducts are working properly and all vents are cleaned out.
One of the most important things you can do is supply your car with necessities in case you get stranded on a snowy road and need to wait for help:
  • Hats
  • Ski masks
  • Extra gloves for adults and kids
  • Scarves
  • Blankets
  • Hand warmers
  • Phone charger
  • Snack food
  • Water
  • Flashlight
You can visit kfvs12.com/roadconditions for conditions throughout the Heartland and information on keeping your family safe on the roads during winter weather.

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