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Keep winterizing through the cold season

By: 
Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter

The sudden cold and series of winter storms passing through surprised a number of locals. If you were in the middle preparing for winter, you may have gotten caught short with the sudden snow. Now that the roads are clear and the car is no longer bathed in ice, it is time to get back to the fall routine.
Ways to weatherize:
• Replace thermostat batteries regularly
• Change furnace filter monthly
• Clean gutters and fireplace
• Check windows and doors for drafts
• Install a water sensor
• Reverse ceiling fans
Some may find it more convenient to look at the tasks on a calendar basis.
Today: Clean garbage disposal
This Week: Replace furnace filter
This Month: Insulate single pane windows

Vehicles: It’s time to also get the anti-freeze in the car and stock the interior with worst case scenario items: a gallon of water (or thermos), a space blanket, flashlight and batteries (occasionally test the light since cold saps voltage) and some snacks if you’re cabin bound for a while like chocolate or energy bars. Always make sure your phone is well charged if going any distance and remember, in Montana, a few miles at -20 can be a long distance if the car breaks down. Rotate or put on snow tires, check belts and hoses for cracks and replace faulty wipers or switch to heavy snow wipers. Check de-icer fluid. Keep the traditional sand or cat litter for icy areas and a shovel if you get stuck. Again, for Montana, you could include a small broom to move accumulated windshield snow with less effort. An extra pair of gloves, sunglasses, extra meds and basic first aid items are always good to have in the glove compartment.
It might be good to add essential phone numbers to your phone or keep in the car that you might not normally have such as local towing in case of breakdown and neighbors in case you are leaving pets alone too long unexpectedly.
Likewise, have some extra blankets and provisions such as extra water if traveling with pets in winter in case you vehicle dies and you are stuck in subzero temps awaiting help.
Montanans know the key to staying safe and warm in winter is preparation and foresight.

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