Even if you don’t own your home, you should know some basics when it comes to repairs and protecting yourself from a frozen nightmare. When the ground freezes, your pipes are at risk. Know where the water pipes enter your living space and keep the number for your landlord and Peoples Gas handy in case you have any issues.

Always have bottled water in the house or car. Having frozen pipes is common in the winter time. This can be a complete disaster if you are unable to do the following:

  • Not being able to brush your teeth
  • No toilet flushing
  • No washing your hands

Frozen locks don’t just happen to cars. If you have a gate on your property, that lock has frozen air on both sides of it (unlike the doorknob to your house or building) and when water gets in after a wet snow, you might find yourself climbing an eight foot fence to escape your own yard.

Locksmiths recommend spraying the lock with lubricants containing graphite as soon as you notice it starting to stick. Lubricants with silicone in them are also effective. Just be careful because some lubricants, like WD40, can gum up the lock and leave you worse off.

Protect yourself
Cold weather is incredibly drying on your body, inside and out. To prevent dryness, it is recommended to have a humidifier for “skin, hair and respiratory system,” and Aaron Cynic reminds us to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.