Fall is the Time to Prepare for Winter

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In the Community

  • Sweep the streets and remove leaf piles.
  • Clean and repair storm drain systems and concrete channels.
  • Inspect and clear drain inlets, drainage pipe outfalls, and drainage trash racks.
  • Investigate drainage issues received from residents.
  • Get the equipment ready; mount the plows and find the shovels.
  • Review snow plowing routes and address potential hazards.
  • Check operation of emergency power generators.

At the Office

  • Make sure the heating system is ready to go. Replace filters, clean burners, and coils.
  • Check that outdoor air dampers are working properly.
  • Fix the little maintenance issues that could be problems in the winter. Look out the window to assess: Are the parking lots safe for your employees? Is there a place for the snow to go when you plow? Check the roof for leaks or loose materials. Remove any low-hanging tree branches around the building and parking areas.
  • Check thermostat and lighting timers have been adjusted to reflect the recent time change.
  • Find your snow shovels. Mark obstructions or other features that could be damaged by snow plows.
  • Service your field vehicles.

At Home

  • Schedule your annual heating system check.
  • Clean gutters and trim any low-hanging branches.
  • Check your emergency kit to be sure you have fresh batteries, flashlights or candles, back-up phone power banks, bottled water, and first aid equipment.
  • Put the ice scrapers in the car, find your shovel and test your snow blower.
  • Reverse the ceiling fans to clockwise. Energy Star says the fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling.
  • Cook a few meals and freeze them, just in case you catch the flu or get snowed in.