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Avoid mistakes in preparing for storms

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – According to Punxsutawney Phil winter isn’t over and it seems that his predictions have come true as the Midwest, Northeast and California have had massive winter storms.

Winter weather hazards caused an estimated $64.1 million in property damages in the U.S. in 2022 through July. Since 2013, winter weather has caused $2.2 billion in property damages.

ServiceMaster Restore, a global leader in natural disaster response and restoration services for both residential and commercial clients has safety tips to and mistakes to avoid while keeping one’s family and home safe and prepared.

Mistake #1: Packing the wrong survival tools

The essentials include rock salt (to melt ice on walkways), sand to improve traction, snow removal equipment like shovels, sufficient heating fuel and adequate clothing/blankets.

Mistake #2: Using an electric generator indoors

Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mistake #3: Not making sure the emergency pantry is stocked

Keep a week’s worth of non-perishable food on hand.

Mistake #4: Lack of water

Keep a water supply. Extreme cold can cause water pipes to freeze and sometimes break.

Mistake #5: Leaving pets and animals outdoor

Bring pets inside during winter weather and move other animals such as livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

For homes and families that have seen damage from winter weather and other natural disasters, check out ServiceMaster Restore’s full list of tips and warnings for water, fire or smoke damage at

Submitted by ServiceMaster Restore.


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