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December 2, 2022

The Boulevard Senior Living Wentzville Prepares to Keep the Cold Outside

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Brian VanNeirop, Plant Operations Director

Just as it is at home, at The Boulevard Senior Living Wentzville, preparing for winter can be an arduous task. There are several projects that need to be completed in preparation for cold weather and few of them are easy, especially when Jack Frost decides to come a little early, like this year.

Our homes and businesses can be affected by how quickly we can accommodate these tasks. If we move too early, we miss out on some of the creature comforts. If we wait too long, we run the risk of finding issues at the most inconvenient times (like a broken heater on the night the weather unexpectedly dips below freezing).

Preparation is a strong part of the human condition. Whether storing vegetables and meat or cutting firewood, our ancestors have been preparing for winter weather since their beginning. These days, preparing for cold weather is just a little more complex.

Properly preparing for the winter weather will save resources and reduce the chances of slips and falls. Once the weather forecast starts calling for freezing temperatures, I always start with my outside faucets, disconnecting all hoses and ensuring they are empty of water before storing. If you have access to the inside shut-off, you can cut the water to the faucets. This will prevent them from freezing, causing major problems in the spring. Next, I make sure I have the needed supplies, should the sidewalks freeze. Be sure to check your salt spreaders before the first sign of freezing, so you know they are working properly before you need them. I also make sure the safety cones are ready to place in any areas that water pools, to warn individuals to stay away for safety. A few minutes spent during the cool fall weather will pay off later.

Weather is unpredictable, so preparation ahead of time will ensure weather events can be addressed quickly. This helps avoid safety mishaps and gets you back inside where it’s more pleasant. Keeping an eye on the weather forecasts is the best way to be prepared for weather events. Pre-salting when necessary, can help control the amount of build up the sidewalks can get and also helps to prevent them from icing up.

No matter how big your house or successful your company, mother nature always seems to creep up on us this time of year. If you get ahead of it and plan for cold weather, you can save big on both stress and dollars.

The Boulevard Senior Living of Wentzville in Wentzville, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near SSM Lake St. Louis Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Bear Creek Golf Club, Wentzville Bluffs Shopping Center, Wentzville B&B Movie Theater, Quail Ridge Park, Wentzville Flea Market, and The Meadows at Lake St. Louis.

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