A Gentle Reminder: Be Prepared As 2017 Chills Out

December 29, 2016 (File photo)

As if it wasn’t chilly enough, the weather predictors are claiming that 2017 is going to repeat 2016’s cold shoulder departure. The good news is that ice is not a major part of the equation. Still, if drizzle and a wintry mix does pop up, it just may freeze resulting in slip-and-slide conditions. Hopefully, electricity won’t be compromised. Luckily, Oncor and TxDot are already taking steps just in case.

Suggestion: Why not take a second to prepare as the Arctic Front rolls this way. Here are some items to consider:

  • Have a blanket in your car.
  • Bring your pets and plants indoors.
  • Pull out those gloves, woolly socks, six-foot scarves, ear muffs and sock caps.
  • Get those errands run now. No need to trek out as the temperatures drop and the wind picks up.
  • Start making some soups, gingerbread and chili. Not only will they taste good, they’ll create a great aroma for the house.
  • Check leaks in windows and doors to cut down on the outside temperature sneaking in.
  • Cover all outdoor pipes.
  • Stock up on batteries.
  • If your car is outdoors, cover the windshield to prevent possible wintry mix from coating it.
  • Check on your neighbors and elderly/disabled friends. They may be trying to cut down on costs by reducing the heat in their homes.
  • Don’t use your fireplace if it hasn’t cleaned.
  • Candles and space heaters are nice, but they also can start fires. Keep them away from combustibles. The fire department really doesn’t want to make a house call.
  • Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher.