Local officials offer winter weather preparedness tips as temps drop

With forecasters calling for temperatures in the mid-20’s and a chance of rain for this upcoming weekend in Rabun County, local officials want you to start thinking about winter weather readiness.

With November’s arrival, also comes the decreasing temperatures hinting at winter’s sooner than later arrival.

In the mountains, the weather can change so quickly that it’s important to keep supplies such as extra warm clothing nearby.

Another tip offered is to go ahead and start checking your heat source now before temperatures drop lower. Often times, after not running a heating appliance for an extended amount of time, there could be an issue that needs to be addressed.

Clearing your rain gutters and repairing any roof leaks is also a good idea to go ahead and get done before the cold approaches to keep your home safe.

Fire safety officials advise to keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them before cranking up the heat.

Following these tips should get you on your way to being winter weather wise.