By now, you've probably heard of the Bomb Cyclone and are wondering how the hell you're supposed to deal with it. As college students still learning how to adult, we obviously need help not destroying our apartments. Don't be that person who had to move out of their house because the pipes burst and ruined everything. So, worry not—Street is here to help with some quick tips for keeping your house in order this winter.
Take care of your pipes.
Set your thermostat to 55°F or higher so that the water in the pipes is above freezing. It's also a good idea to keep doors open so that heat can circulate around your tiny apartment and warm any areas that have pipes. If possible, leave one faucet slightly dripping so that water keeps flowing and pressure doesn't build up and burst the pipes, as is so common in on– and off–campus residences during this season.
Get a space heater.
If you're not particularly fond of the freezing temperatures, it's a good idea to invest in a space heater (yes, aside from your other heater). They're run about $40 and will make your room much warmer and cozier. Just two clicks on Amazon and you'll be thawed out in no time.
Keep an emergency kit.
You never know when you're going to get snowed in or whether to look out for an official notification from Penn saying that normal University operations are suspended. Just in case, it's a good idea to keep an emergency kit at home if the power goes out. You can stock it with flashlights, a portable charger, some cash, a three–day supply of food and water for everyone in your house, a first–aid kit and some medication. Feel free to decorate and customize your kit for all your survival needs. Can't hurt.
Invest in a carbon–monoxide detector.
One of the most dangerous parts of winter is carbon–monoxide poisoning, which can occur due to improper ventilation of furnaces, generators, and similar devices. To be safe, it's a good idea to get a carbon–monoxide detector and make sure the air you breathe won't poison you.
Being a grown–up and having to take care of your own home sucks. Be safe out there.