CHICOPEE / AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Your home, your car and your body. None of these things like the cold, but being prepared can help you weather the weather.
Winter is about to start, but your car might not. Batteries only last about 5 years. Don’t let the cold keep you out of a car wash. Removing corrosive road salt from the under body is a good idea. Inspect your windshield wipers for cracks. Consider snow tires, and top off all your fluids.
“Even if you don’t have a check engine light, there is preventative maintenance. If preventative maintenance has been given to that vehicle than usually there should not be a problem unless something out of the ordinary surfaces,” said Ed Malikowski, the manager of Mal Bros. Automotive in Chicopee.
When in comes to your home, on the outside it’s a good idea to clean gutters, and shut off water hookups. Then think about the inside.
“Insulate your windows ahead of time,” said Joe Ovelheiro, the manager at Rocky’s ACE Hardware in Agawam. “You can do weather-stripping around doors. Make sure your furnace is up and running. A lot of people forget to change their furnace filters.”
When it comes to your body, remember to dress in layers, eat lighter meals, and ditch the alcohol for H2O.
When it comes to keeping you safe during extreme cold, here is some advice. For your car, get a self-contained jump-start kit. For your home, one of the best investments you can make is in a carbon monoxide alarm, and for your body remember to keep drinking to stay hydrated.
“I Drink lots of water,” said Joice Fetherston of Agawam. “Eat lots of fruits. Just to try to stay healthy, but I do stay hydrated all day long.”
Don’t forget the wind can make it feel 10 to 20 degrees colder on your skin. Frost bite can set in under 30 minutes.