It is has been snowing like crazy here in the North Georgia Mountains today. As soon as the snow started, the roads became very slick. On my way into the office this morning I stopped to help 2 folks who slid off of the side of the road into a ditch. The first thing both said to me was, “I didn’t realize the roads would get so slick this fast!” So if you are driving, and you shouldn’t be if you are reading this post, but if you will be driving later please be careful as the roads are going to be dangerous.
If you are settled in or snowed in, don’t panic. Here are a few tips I read in an article from Angie’s List just a little while ago.
- If the lock on your car door freezes up, use a lighter or match to heat the key. Of course you could also take the less “redneck” approach and use a lock de-icer.
- If you don’t have a garage to pull your car into, how about apply some petroleum jelly to the door’s hinges and latches, or simply place a trash bag between the door or window glass and the frame. Do not throw hot water on the car, as this will freeze.
- If no water is available, you can melt snow in an emergency. Bringing water to a boil for one minute will kill most germs.
- If you are snowed in and can’t get out, make some calls to some of your neighbors. (I just saw my neighbor go by with his four wheeler scraping the roads and ruining Kaden and Bryson’s sledding for the evening!)
- Cancelled classes means there are probably teenagers wanting and needing to make a little extra money. Ask one or two of them if they are interested in shoveling your driveway or making a run to the grocery store for you.
If your power goes out….
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened freezer should keep food frozen for up to 48 hours. Food should remained cold in an unopened refrigerator for 24 hours. If power is out for a longer period of time, use snowdrifts as a makeshift freezer to help keep food cold.
- Unplug all equipment that will automatically turn on when power is restored or that may become damaged due to voltage irregularities.
- Use flashlights for emergency lighting. Do not use candles.
- Do not run a generator in your home or garage. The carbon monoxide in enclosed spaces can be deadly.
If your pipes freeze….
- Soak towels in hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipe. Keep cabinets doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. Turn on faucets long enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving within the pipes will prevent them from freezing. Monitor your faucets for reduced water flow.
- If your pipes burst, shut off the main water supply valve and call a plumber immediately.
Please let The Mountain Life Team know if there is anything that we can do to assist you during any winter storm that comes our way here in the North Georgia Mountains. If we can help you or anyone you know looking to buy or needing to sell real estate, we would really appreciate you letting them know about us.