Winter damage to homes

Help Pets and Family Make It Through the Winter

Gene and Katie Hamilton

The calendar may tell you that Spring is just around the corner but that doesn’t seem to be the case in this extremely cold and snowy season. While we wait it out it’s a good idea to remember how to make our homes safe and sound throughout what’s left of the winter season.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and TurfMutt have some suggestions about how to keep everyone in your family – including your pets – safe. These common sense strategies are easy to implement and important to remember as you live through snowy winter storm conditions.

Here are 5 suggestions to follow until the weather turns warm.

Clear a Path with a snowthrower or shovel to clear your sidewalks and driveway and give your pet a path to their favorite spot.
Bring Pets Inside during cold weather. When they’ve been outside wipe their paws and bellies after they’ve been outside and check for ice between paw pads and remove any accumulation of a de-icing agent.
Pick Up Debris before it snows and remove items in the yard like toys or hoses so they don’t obstruct shoveling or a snowthrower.
Ventilate a Portable Generator and place it outside and away from windows, doors and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
Be Careful Operating a Snowthrower and keep kids and pets away from the equipment. Never put your hand in the chute or auger to clear a blockage. Turn the machine off and always use a cleanout tool.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

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