An artic blast is heading for Oklahoma, and now is the time to take precautions to protect your home!

No Oklahoman can ever forget the artic blast of February 2021. Several Okies had days, nearly weeks, without power, heat and water. And it looks like Oklahoma will soon be getting a similar arctic blast to that of February 2021. So now is the time to protect your home to, hopefully, save your house and family from the extreme cold.

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According to the Climate Prediction Center, an artic blast will soon make its way to Oklahoma. Based on its latest 6-10 temperature outlook, all of Oklahoma will be below average winter temperatures starting next week and will most likely linger for several days.


Basically, it's going to be really cold in Oklahoma. Like, February 2021 cold. And local meteorologists are urging Oklahomans to get prepared.

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How do you prepare for an artic blast?

There are several things Oklahomans should do to prepare for an arctic blast. If you suffered from the February 2021 artic blast, then you know it's possible for you to lose electricity, heat and water for days.

Here's some comfortability preparations Oklahomans should keep in mind:

  • Stock up on food. Especially foods you can eat without cooking.
  • Get lots of water - for drinking, bathing and your toilet.
  • Have a lot of blankets, candles and warm layers ready to go.

How do you prep your home to survive extreme cold?

What's most important is that Oklahomans take the time now to get their homes ready for the upcoming arctic blast. Below are recommendations American Home Shield has for homeowners to prep their home to withstand extreme cold:

  • Get your HVAC tuneup for winter if you haven't yet.
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're working. Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and water heater as they'll be working overtime.
    • Disconnect hoses from spigots, drain and store them. Cover spigots.
    • Cover all exposed pipes with insulation or protective covering.
    • Cover water meter with a patch of old carpet or heavy door mat.
  • If your water heater is located in your garage or attic, wrap it with an insulator wrap kit.
  • If you have a fireplace, clean your chimney and stock up on firewood.
  • Take a walk around your house and make sure debris is moved away from your foundation and fill any noticeable cracks.
  • Drain the gasoline from outside equipment, like lawn mowers, and make sure your snow shovel is accessible along with rock salt and a windshield scraper.
  • Keep your home warm by shutting off rooms not in use.
  • Prepare an emergency kit if you do not have one.
    • Extra gallons of water
    • Non-perishable food items
    • Blankets
    • Battery-powered radio
    • Backup battery/charger for cell phone and computer
    • First-aid kit
    • Flashlights, backup batteries, candles and matches
    • Talk through emergency plan with family

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