Winter Weather Guide
Prepare for Cold Weather
When the colder season arrives in Bloomington we like to make a few suggestions to help with some of the problems that can occur due to the cold weather. If you leave for Break or for any extended period of time, please do not turn yourthermostat off. Set your thermostat at 55 degrees, close your blinds, and make sure if you have a fireplace that your flue damper is closed. The outside temperature may drop drastically while you are away and an unheated apartment can cause water pipes to freeze and burst within your apartment. This would not only cause extensive damage to your personal property, but may result in damage to your neighbors unit as well. Abodes is not financially responsible for any damages stemming from resident negligence in this area.
Our Maintenance Staff will clear the snow and ice from all walkways. During extreme cold temperatures (below 10 degrees), it is helpful to leave a small stream of cold water trickling from one faucet to prevent frozen pipes.
The way to avoid frostbite and hypothermia is to plan for extreme cold before it arrives. Don't get caught unprepared.
Check the Forecast at weather.gov or your favorite weather app, station, etc.: Make checking the forecast part of your regular routine so you'll know when to expect cold weather.
Adjust Your Schedule: If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, typically the early morning.
Protect Your Pet: If you have pets make sure they have plenty of food and water, and are not overly exposed to extreme cold.
Fill up the tank: Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during extreme cold situations so that you can stay warm if you become stranded.
Dress for the outdoors even if you don't think you'll be out much.
Update Your Winter Car Survival Kit: Make sure your car survival kit has the following:
- Jumper cables: flares or reflective triangle are great extras
- Flashlights: Replace the batteries before the winter season starts and pack some extras
- First Aid Kit: Also check your purse of bag for essential medications
- Food; such as protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars that have a long shelf life
- Water: Have at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
- Pet supplies: Food and water
- Radio: Battery or hand cranked
- Cat litter or sand: For better tire traction
- Shovel: To dig out snow
- Ice scraper: Even if you usually park in a garage, have one in the car.
- Clothes: Make sure you dress for the weather in warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
- Blankets or sleeping bags: If you get stranded in traffic on a lonely road, you'll be glad to have it.
- Charged Cell Phone: Keep a spare charger in your car as well