Southern Colorado is entering the winter season where snow, ice, heavy winds and unpredictable weather are the norms. Your Better Business Bureau serving Southern Colorado wants to provide you with advice and tips to prepare you for managing potential emergency situations this winter.
It is well known that dropping temperatures can impact many items within the house such as heating systems or pipes that aren’t properly insulated. Additionally, winter weather can create unsettling situations for drivers. Car breakdowns are dangerous, especially if your vehicle doesn’t have the proper items within it to keep you safe.
Get in front of any potential issues in the car by preparing yourself and your loved ones for snow/ice storms, loss of electricity, or an unexpected flat tire by storing important safety supplies in one general area of your car and home. Consider building an in-home emergency kit containing bottles of water, a first aid kit, battery-operated radio, fresh batteries, flashlights, candles, blankets, matches and non-perishable food. BBB recommends assembling a similar kit for the car complete with blankets, candles (yes, candles as they are an instant source of heat if your car engine fails), gloves, hats, a shovel, spare tire, flares and salt or snow-melting chemicals.
Also, if your home faces issues due to bad weather such as bursting pipes or you find that your heating system isn’t operating at a high level, the BBB can help you find a trustworthy contractor to repair these kinds of items. We have a list of several capable contractors on this website along with reviews of their performance in the community. Additionally, you can always call us directly at (719) 636-1155 with any questions. Remember, we are always here to reduce stress and help you find the quickest path to fixing any damage to your home!
If the time comes you must hire a contractor, be sure to gather multiple quotes and take the time to understand the contract with anyone you hire to replace items or make repairs. This is crucial. Also, avoid any ‘hand shake’ deals. Be sure to obtain any work-agreements in writing and avoid paying for the complete job until the work is finished and you are 100% satisfied with the final results. Another important practice to remember is to make sure the contractor you choose has the proper insurance and licensing needed to perform your repairs and be sure to ask them whether there are permits needed to make repairs or installations of equipment. Remember, you are the consumer and it is your right to ask ALL the questions and any worthwhile contractor should be able to answer your questions with confidence and professionalism.
The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s cold weather checklist includes: