Preparing your homes and cars for below zero conditions


"I'll stay in that day as much as possible," said Carolynee Sweeney.

Sweeney has the right idea in mind, staying indoors during the forecasted below zero conditions. But if your house isn't prepared, it can be just as dangerous.

"That could potentially be deadly," said True Value's Jeff Jacoby.

Jacoby is talking about carbon monoxide. Make sure you have working detectors on every level of your home. But keep it from getting in your home in the first place by clearing any snow or ice from furnace exhaust pipes, and change the furnace filter every couple of months. That's what Sweeney is doing today.

"I definitely need the furnace on a weekend that we're going to have," said Sweeney.

Also insulate any exposed pipes to keep them from bursting and windows to keep a draft from coming in and to keep your heating bill from going up.

If you do have to leave your house, it's going to be that much harder for your car to start. Check your battery and replace it if needed. Keep jumper cables in your car incase it dies. Also important are winter products like "ISO Heet."

"What that'll do is take moisture out of gas tank and fuel lines. They could freeze or gel up," said Jacoby.

But if you do plan on bearing the weather like Timothy Garrett...

"I'm getting a sled because I'm planning to meet some friends and we're going to go out sledding," said Garrett.

Dress warmly. Frostbite can set in within minutes.

"I have warm winter gear. I'm always prepared," said Garrett.


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