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With Buffalo, N.Y., buried under nearly six feet of snow, and a new band of storms expected to bring an additional three feet within the next few days, winter has arrived a month early.

Across the U.S., many regions are battling freezing temperatures and extreme weather conditions. And while the snow may be beautiful at first, the intensity and severity of recent weather events can be dangerous by inflicting personal injury, but also property damage.

Forecasters predict another cold and snowy winter season, homeowners and business owners must stay informed and take proper precautions to keep their homes and businesses safe.

“With this early onset of severe winter weather, please take the time to understand the various winter weather alerts and stay tuned to the National Weather Service advisories,” said Julie Rochman, president and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

“We encourage residents and business owners to take steps now and use IBHS’ recommendations to protect your home or business today and be prepared. It could be a very long winter season,” Rochman said.

In order to keep clients safe despite inclement winter weather, IBHS has compiled a list of guidance and advice to reduce property damage in the event of severe winter conditions. Read on for guidance for navigating the extreme temperatures and snowfalls.

Stay safe and warm

While alternative heating, such as wood stoves, space heaters, and fireplaces, are a great way to keep warm during chilling temperatures, it does come with risks. Advise clients to take proper precautions and do their research before selecting, installing, or using an alternative heat source. See IBHS’ tips and considerations for using alternative heat sources to keep clients safe this winter.

Plan for a Power Outage

Heavy snowfalls and high winds have the potential to damage power lines. Inclement winter weather can be a recipe for widespread power outages, and it is important that families prepare for possible outages. Considering alternative sources of heat, while also keeping flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food items handy will be helpful in the event of an outage.

Come back next week to read the rest of the tips we have to share!

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