Stay Alert In This Cold Weather

    This is the time of year in Anchorage and the Valley when sub-zero weather can cause all sorts of problems.  One of the biggest is forgetting how cold it is outside and how quickly just about anything can surrender to this cold.

    Do you have a garage with an automatic opener?  Have you ever driven away thinking you clicked the closer only to find when you returned you left it open or a family member called you on your cell asking you why you kept it open?  If there are water pipes anywhere in your garage and it is zero or below, unfortunately if you are gone for an hour or more, there will be trouble!  Always, without fail, check to make sure your garage door is completely closed when you exit your garage.

    Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It’s a common belief that dogs and cats are resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it’s untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.

    Do you have a cold house and lots of windows?  Up to 40 per cent of the heat escaping from your home in winter is from uncovered windows. Heavy, lined curtains which extend below the window frame will insulate your windows and help keep the warmth in.

    When driving anywhere in this weather, do you have a winter preparedness kit in case of a breakdown?  Winter is tough on vehicles and travel.  The chances of having a driving emergency is predictably greater in winter than in the other time of year.

    Frozen carHaving a kit in your car just in case can be a lifesaver.  Some auto parts stores and mass merchandisers like Walmart or Target sell these as a bundle in their own carrying case. But if you don’t find one that meets your price, and you want to combine new purchases with stuff you already have to save money, then here is your packing list. By the way, this makes a great holiday gift, but should be mandatory for the kids who is generally consider themselves invulnerable.

    1. Blanket: If you are stuck with a car that won’t start, or that has conked out, and have to wait in cold weather for help, you will want a decent warm blanket as an extra layer.
    2. Snow shovel: Get a short-handled shovel, probably a coal-type shovel, to stow in the trunk in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your vehicle. You can buy plastic ones, but you may want to opt for a metal one in case you also need to chip at some ice or compacted snow.
    3. Flashlight: Self explanatory. Keep a good-sized, water-proof flashlight with fresh batteries in case your breakdown is at night. Pack emergency candles too, as a back-up.
    4. Hand warmers: Available at camping stores. Smash the bag and the chemical reaction inside creates warmth to defrost fingers that may be trying to change a tire or fiddle with an engine.
    5. Matches: You never know when you will have to manufacture heat. It’s better than rubbing tow cld, snowy sticks together, hoping for the best.
    6. Bottle of water and a few protein, snack bars. You hear of people surviving on ketchup packets that have fallen between the seats, but some planning will yield a better menu under emergency conditions.
    7. Syphon Pump: If being out of gas is your problem, and you get offered help by a good samaritan, you want t be able to get a gallon or two of gas out of another gas tank to get you going quickly.
    8. Lightsticks: These cost almost nothing at a dollar store and can be used either as a iight source or to wear in case you are shoveling snow around your wheels at night.
    9. Flares: These should be in your trunk in all seasons for putting next to your car if you are pulled over in distress.
    10. Whistle: It can be used to either signal for help to someone who can’t hear you yell, or to scare someone who may be trying to take advantage of your distress.

    Hope these thoughts help you and remember when you have a real estate need think of Rasmussen Properties.


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