As the United States experiences one of its coldest winters and storm Elliott strengthens into a bomb cyclone impacting millions with near-blizzard conditions, one must take measures to protect themselves as well as their houses from the cyclonic weather.

Here are five ways to protect your home from winter storm Elliott:

Insulate your home

Temperatures are expected to plunge below freezing causing a set of difficulties for everyone. For regions unaccustomed to such cold weather, temperatures could overwhelm the power grid, putting millions of people in darkness. In case you decide on using a generator, only use it outdoors, at least 20 feet away from your home. Avoid heating your home with a camp stove, oven, or even charcoal-burning device. Car engines should not be run with the garage door closed.

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Secure your water pipes and drains

During the storm season, try to run the faucets that are farthest from your main valve, because often even a trickle of water will keep pipes from freezing. If possible, open cupboards with pipes in order to keep the pipes warm. Turn off water to outside spigots and drain water from the line during the arrival of the freezing temperature.

Water flooding is one of the most damaging consequences of storms and cyclones as free-flowing water can damage the foundation of the house. Make sure that the drainage is clean so that the water can properly rush out through it without clogging the drains.

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Store extra necessities

Make sure to store extra necessities beforehand such as flashlights, extra batteries, and extra blankets. If possible, keep extra medicines, first aid supplies, emergency heat sources, and a fire extinguisher handy. Stock up on non-perishable foods for emergencies.

Trim big trees around your home

Cutting down or trimming large trees around the house offers a lot of safety during storms for it reduces the risk of trees falling on your house. The huge branches otherwise can fall on the roof and cause damage. In case it falls on the neighboring buildings, you will be responsible for the damage caused.

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Ensure proper sealing of doors and windows

Cyclonic winds and storms can break windows or even doors if they are not properly sealed. Ensure all the windows and doors in your house and tightly closed as otherwise wind traveling inside your house can harm your home’s roof.