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November BOCC Focus: Winterizing

Are you and your home ready for winter? Fall is the time to prepare for winter—cold and wet conditions not only make you miserable, but they can damage your home. Some winterizing can wait, some can’t. Make a list of what needs to be done, and tackle the time-sensitive tasks first. Here’s a simple checklist from the assembly to help you get a jump on winter.

Indoor Winterizing
-Examine doors and replace weather-stripping as needed.
-Examine window caulking and reseal where needed.
-Examine and repair vents where needed.
-Clean chimneys and flues.
-Remove items near heat vents.
-Place nonskid runners or door mats outside to help keep water, sand and salt out of the house.

Outdoor Winterizing
-Cut back tree branches and shrubs that hide signs, block light, or overhang sidewalks and fences.
-Examine outdoor handrails and tighten if needed.
-Turn off electrical breakers for outdoor equipment.
-Close hose bibs.
-Clean out gutters, downspouts, and yard drains.
-Spray outdoor locks and hinges with lubricant.
-Stake driveway and walkway edges that may be difficult to find under deep snow
-Touch up all chipping and peeling paint surfaces and rust spots
-Vacuum your window and sliding-door tracks periodically

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