Ready for Winter Checklist

November has arrived and along with it, a long to-do list for homeowners preparing for snow and cold.  Seniors may need help getting ready for the winter; the following is a checklist that can be shared with family and friends to help older loved-ones remain safe at home during the colder months.

  • Rake leaves from grass and flowerbeds
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts
  • Clocks turned back, it’s time to replace the batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Have the furnace serviced to ensure it is in good working order and change the filters
  • Have wood-burning chimneys professionally swept and inspected
  • Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows
  • Drain and store garden hoses
  • Store patio furniture
  • Dust off the refrigerator condenser coil
  • Arrange for snow removal – bring out a shovel and salt/sand for icy areas
  • Bring winter clothes and boots to the front of the closet
  • Stock the pantry with a good supply of dry and canned goods
  • Make sure at least one working flashlight is handy
  • Check vehicle(s) for services needed, tires and fluids – put a brush/scraper in the car

Many community organizations such as the Boy Scouts or the United Way coordinate volunteer fall leaf cleanups for seniors.  Some municipalities offer a service to help seniors remove heavy snow left by plows at the end of their driveways (windrow clearing).  Contact your city office for more information.