CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 7, 2018) – Severe winter weather – including snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain – is expected through parts the Carolinas this weekend and into early next week.
“Freezing temps and precipitation are not a good mix, for drivers on the road and for keeping your home warm and safe,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “When you are hunkering down this weekend, make sure your home is secure as well.”
AAA Carolinas offers the following tips for preparing your home for severe winter weather:
TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS:
· Stock up on essentials and emergency items. In case of loss of power or impassable roads, be sure to have several flashlights with batteries, a battery-powered radio and a car charger for your cell phone.
· Trim tree branches in your yard. Before the storm approaches, trim tree limbs that hang over power lines.
· If loss of power occurs. Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer as much as possible to keep the temperature lower for a longer period of time. Unplug all appliances and leave only one light on to prevent a power surge.
· Prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Keep your home heated to a minimum of 65 degrees, open faucets enough to let them drip slowly and disconnect hoses from outside spigots. If pipes freeze, thaw them immediately or contact a plumber for assistance. Most homeowners’ insurance policies cover damage resulting from a freeze, but check your policy to make sure.
For driving tips, please adhere to this AAA Carolinas release.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.1 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.