It’s wise to winterize

Community Columnist

Winterizing is an annual tradition around these parts. Instead of frostbiting your way through onerous procrastinations of dubious intent, it is better to get safe than sorry.

As the Boy Scouts preach, be prepared. It makes for warm fires on cold nights and a lot of annoying duplications on the other side.

The first thing to do, while the weather is still moderately congenial, is to get all of the outdoor work done. Put the damageable yard props under wraps. Turn off the water to the hose and put it away before the inevitable freeze.

Oops, I was too late again. I’ll have to address that annoying duplication on the other side.

I like to procure my firewood early, to be split and stacked while it’s still flannel-shirt friendly. I sort of like to imagine I’m a lumberjack and that I’m OK.

You know what they say — cutting your own wood warms you twice. It’s also smart to begin the holiday decorations before the snow flies. You don’t have to turn on any lights yet, but having them in place could be a big relief later on.

Next, you need to take inventory regarding the status of your vehicles. You’ll require snow tires, ice scrapers, windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze. It’s wise to carry an extra blanket, gloves and a hat as well, in case you find yourself stuck on the side of the road in a blizzard hoping for some stranger to stop and help who might not be a Boy Scout.

Focusing now on your house, you’ll need a shovel, salt or sand and a quick insulation of drafts and leaks. You’ll need to check the furnace and the smoke detectors, change the filter and clean the fireplace. You should also reverse the ceiling fans, which has something to do with farmers getting more Vitamin D.

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