Winter Weather Mitigation

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Release date: 
January 29, 2002
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To protect yourself and your home in advance from the dangers associated with winter weather, FEMA recommends:

  • Hiring a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from snow accumulation.
  • Cutting away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Clearing leaves and other debris from gutters.
  • Repairing roof leaks.
  • Insulating pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allowing faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Keeping heaters at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • Avoiding the use of kerosene heaters, which pose significant risk. If you must use one, refuel outside.
  • Learning how to shut off water valves.
  • Promptly removing ice and snow from tree limbs, roof and other structures.
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July 19, 2012 - 23:02
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