With the memory of last winter’s harsh freeze still fresh, and as Texas approaches another winter season, it’s crucial to be well-prepared. While we hope for the best, Texas Pride Heating & Air is here to ensure you’re ready for any extreme weather that comes our way. Here’s our guide to staying safe, warm, and prepared this winter.
Winter Preparedness Tips
- Check and improve your home’s insulation, especially around doors and windows.
- Have Texas Pride Heating & Air assess your HVAC system’s efficiency and readiness for the cold.
- Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing.
- Know how to shut off water and gas, and consider having a crescent wrench and water meter key handy.
- Invest in battery-powered lanterns and flashlights.
- Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning, and consider installing backups.
Emergency Kit Essentials
- Stock up on batteries, flashlights, a weather radio, and enough nonperishable food and water for at least three days.
- Prepare a go-bag for each family member in case of evacuation.
Keeping Devices Charged
- Consider a home battery pack or use your car as a charging station (outdoors only).
- Keep an old cellphone charged for emergency 911 calls.
First Aid Readiness
- Stock a first aid kit with essentials like gauze, bandages, aspirin, and an antihistamine.
- Purchase a pre-stocked kit for convenience.
- Keep high-protein, high-fiber foods on hand, and remember to rotate your stock.
- Consider alternatives like shelf-stable milk, tofu, and canned proteins.
- Store enough water for drinking, cooking, and basic sanitation.
- Rotate your water supply every six months to ensure safety.
- Plan for layers of clothing, warm blankets, and possibly insulated sleeping bags.
- Seal off unused rooms to conserve heat.
- Establish a communication plan with your neighbors.
- Volunteer for emergency response organizations for additional preparedness.
- Texas Pride Heating & Air now offers generator installations, including full-house natural gas and electrical, to keep your home powered during outages.
- Equip your vehicle with an ice scraper, and consider carrying sand or kitty litter for traction.
- Have your vehicle winter-ready with a mechanic check-up.
- Refill prescriptions ahead of a forecasted freeze to avoid travel during dangerous conditions.
- Make arrangements for your pets’ shelter, food, and water.
- Prepare a pet emergency kit, including food, water, medication, and comfort items.
Texas Pride Heating and Air
While the chances of a severe winter storm like last February’s are slim, it’s always better to be prepared. Texas Pride Heating & Air is committed to helping you get your home winter-ready. Whether it’s through our HVAC services, generator installations, or professional advice, we’re here to ensure your comfort and safety.
Remember, planning is key. Start preparing now to ensure a safe and comfortable winter season.