Wise Winter Weather Tips for Your Family Yard

5 simple suggestions to prepare your home and property, family and pets to survive cold weather conditions.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Forecast: Winter Storm

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and TurfMutt have some suggestions about how to keep everyone in your family - including your pets - safe. These common sense strategies are easy to implement and important to remember as you live through snowy winter storm conditions.

Clear a Path with a snowthrower or shovel to clear your sidewalks and driveway and give your pet a path to their favorite spot.

Bring Pets Inside during cold weather. When they've been outside wipe their paws and bellies after they've been outside and check for ice between paw pads and remove any accumulation of a de-icing agent.

Pick Up Debris before it snows and remove items in the yard like toys or hoses so they don't obstruct shoveling or a snowthrower.

Ventilate a Portable Generator and place it outside and away from windows, doors and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

Be Careful Operating a Snowthrower and keep kids and pets away from the equipment. Never put your hand in the chute or auger to clear a blockage. Turn the machine off and always use a cleanout tool.

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