WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Colder weather and storm season are approaching as overnight low temperatures will be below freezing.
Saturday morning, we will be dealing with a rainy start to the weekend, so make sure your storm drains are clear of any leaves to prevent flooding and keep an eye on your basement for leaking water. Once the rain turns to snow, the state emergency management agency says it’s important to have a prep and safety plan for your household, in the event of power outages or a prolonged storm.
If you rely on a generator when the power goes out, make sure it is fueled up and in working condition before the first time you need it. Overnight temperatures are below freezing, so it’s time to kick the heat on, just a bit, to keep your pipes flowing freely during the coldest hours.
You’ll also want to check your snow-clearing gear to make sure it is in working condition.
These are also some ways homeowners can prepare their homes in the event of an outage. According to National Grid, homeowners should conduct maintenance checks to ensure generators are operating safely, and schedule a home furnace tune-up to ensure the furnace is working properly and water heaters are properly vented.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should also be checked. Remove any dead or rotting branches from trees near the home. Lieutenant Tony Spear from West Springfield told 22News that being safe with space heaters is also important.
“Never leave the space heater unattended. Always be within close proximity. Be in the room if you are using it. And never overload using extension chords that may be frayed or worn or anything like that,” said Spear.
A winter emergency kit will help in the event of a major storm. An emergency kit includes water, food, a first aid kit, chargers for cell phones, and a flashlight. For a list of emergency kit items for your car or home visit mass.gov.