A dangerous situation
It doesn't take long for freezing rain to cause roads and sidewalks to get very slippery. We do not get them regularly but they can be quite bad when we get them. The freezing rain however can bring extra issues depending on severity. Ice on a tree branch can cause the branch to weigh 20-30 times what it normally weighs. The ice weighs down everything else as well including power lines which can cause electrical outages. A major storm back in 2008 knocked out power to an estimated 1.25 million homes in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. However we can be prepared for these unfortunate times that we are hit by an ice storm.
- Be aware if your home insurance covers damage should a broken branch landing on your roof or ice damage to the roof happen
- Have the electric company's number readily available should a line go down near your home
- Consider buying a generator for outages. Never run it in the house! They produce carbon monoxide when they are running.
- Keep non-perishable food stocked for unexpected storms coming in
- If the electricity does go out be aware of how long it is out and be cautious with the food spoiling in the refrigerator should it be out for an extended time