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Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness WeekDid you know that this is Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week? With inevitable winter weather, snow, ice and storms anytime now, Minnesotans always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Dedicating this week to planning for hazardous weather will help us prepare ourselves, homes, and vehicles so we can hopefully be as safe as possible. Here is a checklist of items to increase awareness and safety.

  1. Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide: With all of us sealing ourselves inside and turning up the heat, it’s important to make sure you have proper detectors in working condition. Test!
  2. Watch for Deer: With harvest complete and hunting season upon us, you need to watch for deer while driving and this includes the Twin Cities-Metro area. Minnesota is in the top 10 states for deer related car accidents.
  3. Surge Protectors: Power outages (even brief ones) can accompany bad winter weather, so surge protectors/battery back-up’s are important for your computers. It’s a good, small investment that will increase the lifespan of your computer.
  4. Check Your Tires: Check the pressure and the tread. Make sure your tires are as ready for slippery roads as possible. Remember to take it slow.
  5. Survival Kit: Put a winter weather survival kit in the car, along with extra warm clothing and blankets. Double check it’s there; don’t assume it is still there from last year if you haven’t looked.
  6. Subscribe to Weather/School Alerts: Most local news stations offer email and text alerts, and this service can help you prepare as early as possible and start making weather related decisions.
  7. Change Furnace Filter: Not only does changing your furnace filter increase safety, but it increases heat efficiency too.
  8. Clean Out Chimneys and Vents: Fireplace chimneys, pellet stove vents, dryer vents, and heat/air ducts in the home can all fill up with debris and create a safety hazard. Make sure you regularly clean out these items and check with a specialist on how and when to do this.

Do you have another tip or reminder you’d like to add? Please leave your comment below. If you are concerned about the quality of your tires, please stop by either of our locations (Anoka or Bloomington, MN) and have one of our technicians take a look. We want you and your family safe on the road this winter!