• Furnaces should be tested, fueled and their air filters cleaned or replaced with new filters. If your furnace is a steam boiler, make certain the water level in the furnace is high enough to make steam.
• If you have baseboard heat, vacuum out the baseboards to remove dust and cob webs. This will allow better air flow and heat distribution.
• Check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Winter fires are common and you want your family alerted if things go wrong in the middle of the night.
• If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, make certain the chimney is cleaned out before using the stove or fire place. Stack wood close to where it will be used to minimize effort carrying it back and forth. Once you light the fire, keep it lit. It's far better to keep the heat cranking than it is to catch-up after allowing the fire to go out.
• Tires tend to go soft when severe cold arrives, so check your tire pressure BEFORE using your vehicle in the morning and inflate the tires to the correct pressure.
• Is it time for new windshield wipers to deal with snow or sleet? Get it done!
• Do you have Jumper Cables in case your battery goes dead. Cold is tough on batteries, so having a set of jumper cables is a good idea.
• Pack a flash light with fresh batteries, and an Emergency blanket to keep warm if your break down.
• Chewable Granola bars or other such packaged food may be a good idea for a snack if you get stuck in the car somewhere."