Well, it looks like we've got a Winter Storm heading our way this week. Calling for snow/ice Tuesday, varying amounts depending on who you watch or listen to. Do believe we're going to get something, and the temperatures are going to get very cold for a couple of days. As always, we are getting calls on how to be prepared for a severe cold snap, only this time, lets hope it doesn't effect power. If we happen to get enough snow/ice to damage power lines, there will not be too much that can be done to restore heating systems until such time that the power lines are back up and operating. Even though you may have a Gas furnace, if there is no power, you will not have any heating. With that in mind, here are a couple of things to consider. Starting tonight, turn your heat up and degree or two to allow for the heat to build up in your home. Limit the amount of times you open and shut doors to maintain the heat with in your home. Make sure that you have batteries for flashlights and radios, and if you light candles, be sure to put them in a safe place. You might also want to wash clothes today to make sure you have plenty of clean clothes to wear, should we be without power for several days. Also, if the power does go out, limit the amount of times you open freezers and refrigerators. This will help maintain the food you have stored, because the sad truth is, if we lose power for several hours, we will probably lose food. Luckily, we'll still have water. Remember to let your faucet drip tonight through Wednesday to insure that you don't have any frozen or burst water piping. It is going to get extremely cold tomorrow and Wednesday night. So think ahead and be prepared for this.
If you do have any problems, give us a call, we will help as much as we can. Be careful the next few days, and remember to check on senior citizens, family members and pets. It's Alabama, we will not stay this cold for very long, and we will make it through this time.