Its that time of the year again, the sun is going down earlier, the temperature is dropping, leaves are changing colours and falling. We had a very mild winter last year, not a lot of snow, warmer then usual temperatures, however, this year they are predicting quite the opposite.
I have read that we should expect way more snow then last year and much colder temperatures. With that being said there are a lot of precautions that people should take in preparing themselves for winter.
For your house, make sure all windows and doors are caulked, so there wont be a lot of heat loss and result in your heating costs going "through the roof". Make sure your furnace has been checked and filters have been cleaned or replaced so that your furnace is ready to be turned on and used. Don't forget to turn off the water valve and empty or store outside hoses; you dont want your pipes to freeze or crack.
Also dont forget to have your car tuned up, winter tires put on and switch to winter windshield wipers. Be sure to slow down on your commute when the weather is icy or slippery. If you are not comfortable driving in winter conditions, stay off the roads or have someone else drive you where you need to go. There is no point in putting anyone into harms way if you are not comfortable.
On a more positive note, break out those skates, snowboards, skiis, winter jackets and gloves and get ready for my favourite season, and maybe yours too. Its time to be active outdoors: ski, play hockey, toboggan, shop for holiday presents for Christmas and hanukkah-and ring in the New Year.