Fall is here, days are shorter,
kids are back in school and the leaves are turning. Now is the time toget your home warm and cozy for cooler temps and unpredictable weather
conditions. Here are a few ways to prepare for the cooler days ahead:
- It does not take many leaves toclog a storm drain, you can prevent flooding by keeping drains in your
neighborhood clear of leaves and debris. Do not attempt to remove thegrate - only clear the debris on top of it.
- Clear rain gutters and repair roof
leaks. Remove leaves and other debris from your drainpipe and gutters toprevent clogging.
- Dispose of leaves and yard debris
in your yard waste container, do not rake or blow leaves from your yard intothe street or leave them piled up in the road, parking area or right of way.
- If a catch basin is not taking water due to debris covering the grate
notify, Public Works at 360-417-4745.
- Clean the fireplace and chimney. Inspect the flue and ensure doors and shields are sound. Have the chimney professional swept if needed.
- Stay warm, save energy and prepareyour home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather stripping
drafty doors and windows.
- Insulate water pipes to preventfreezing.
- Install and test smoke alarms and
carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
- Speaking of which, make sure youhave fire extinguishers in your home and that everyone knows how to use them –
house fires are more common during winter storms as people turn to alternateheat sources
- Don’t forget to protect your pets
from the elements. Have dry bedding available and make sure your fencelines are secure.