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Winterizing your home: Tips to prepare your home for winter

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Winterizing your home can help it to better weather the bitter cold, snow, and ice that a South Jersey winter can bring with it. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for the winter season:

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  • Winterizing your home can extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

TUESDAY► Mostly cloudy with some patchy drizzle and fog possible early as well a few scattered showers through midday. Some breaks of sun are possible later in the day, or at the very least drier weather. Cooler with highs around 75-80, thanks to a northeast wind around 10-15mph.

WEDNESDAY► Partly to mostly sunny and a fairly cooler and comfier late July day, with an easterly ocean breeze at 10-15mph keeping highs in the mid to upper 70s.

THURSDAY► Partly sunny and warmer as the humidity begins to creep upwards once again.  Highs in the upper 70s to near 80 along the shore, closer to 85 on the mainland. South winds around 10mph.

FRIDAY► Partly sunny, warm, and humid with some passing showers and thunderstorms possible, but far from a washout. Our warmest day of the forecast with highs in the mid to upper 80s, and a south to southwest wind around 15mph.

NEXT WEEKEND► Becoming partly to mostly sunny and comfortably warm with fairly low humidity. Highs in the upper 70s along the shore with light sea-breezes, low 80s farther inland.