We all know that living in Manitoba has it perks, yes we do have beautiful summers, but we do struggle with extreme temperatures, and this Winter, we are struggling! There is a Polar Air Mass hovering above us, keeping temperatures very cold, and the added windchill making extremely cold temperatures throughout most of Canada. I am glad to see we are not alone!
There are a few things that could happen with this extreme cold … firstly, be sure to plug in your car and make sure your battery is fully charged, -40 is -40 no matter how you look at it, and the cold even takes its toll on machinery. Making sure our homes are prepared for the cold is also important. This is the time of the year when problems crop up, so it is recommended that you have your furnace serviced in the fall to prevent anything from happening during the cold spells. It will give you peace of mind as well be easier on your wallet. Wrapping your pipes, specifically the hot water lines, is a great cost saving measure also. Keeping the warmth in the pipes also prevents them from freezing.
There has been a lot of talk about removing snow from your roof. This is for preventing ice damns along your soffits and eaves. If possible, remove as much of the snow as possible. Ice pellets about the size of hockey pucks have been developed to be put on the roof and help melt the snow and ice. They won’t do any damage to the roof shingles are not harmful to your garden beds if they fall to the ground. A win-win situation all the way around!
Closing your window curtains, keeping doors closed to unused rooms of your home, using shrink wrap on your windows and making sure vents are open and uncovered throughout the house, are just a few tips that will help keep your home secure and warm during these extreme weather conditions.
Lastly remember to dress for the cold. Keeping your body heat in is a challenge, but if you dress in layers, and stay out of the cold for the most part, we can get through this cold snap relatively unscathed. Keep yourself healthy, dress warm and before you know it, we will see the tulips of Spring popping through the ground!