Winter Storm Jonas was one for the ages. If you’re a New Yorker like we are, then you were probably hit hard by the second biggest blizzard in history to ever grace the Big Apple.
As an NYC moving company, we know what it’s like to survive the elements. We’ve been moving New Yorkers through every weather pattern you could imagine since we started in 1948. Here are some of our favorite post-blizzard tips we’ve accrued to help you prioritize what to do once the skies have dumped an enormous amount of snow on you.
Especially if you’ve just moved to the East Coast – what a welcome!
Clear Outdoor Vents
Ensure that all vents have been cleared for your safety. If a furnace is clogged, it may shut down or work incorrectly, producing poisonous carbon monoxide.
Make sure carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in working order
Replace old batteries if necessary, and if they still are not working, call 311 for assistance.
Clean out the fireplace
Cold ashes store heat and can be hazardous. Put them in a metal can away from the house.
Check for broken water pipes
If you discover any, shut off your water until you can get someone to repair them.
Contact the proper authority for downed power lines
Don’t approach them! Make sure that you contact the power company.
It’s cold out there – make sure that you and your family (and pets too!) are all bundled up. Especially mid-shoveling, you may get hot and want to remove clothing, but that will do more harm than good.
Shovel with your legs!
So many people severely hurt their backs every snowstorm by shoveling incorrectly. Trigger your leg muscles when dealing with the heavy load. Also, don’t fill up your shovel if it’s too much to handle. Shoveling is an extremely strenuous activity – take breaks when needed.