Residents coping with winter weather

BUCKHANNON – Many local residents took special precautions to cope with the problems caused by this week’s subzero conditions.

Retailers in the area report an increase in people buying goods in to help them better weather the storm.

“We’ve seen people come in asking for the basics: road salt, de-icer, wood burning stoves, piping and generators,” Jason Drumm, store manager for Lowe’s in Buckhannon, said. “But there are all kinds of items people can purchase to protect themselves and their homes from the weather, like heating tape, space heaters, pipe insulation, bagged firewood and, very importantly, furnace filters, which should be replaced every 30 days or so.”

Drumm said that last year many people were buying windows to help keep heat inside the home.

“Customers can buy special heat tape to put on their gutters that will protect them from freezing and potentially having to be replaced in the spring,” said Drumm.

Drumm said that it is best to take the time to make early preparations, well in advance of the colder months.

“I strongly recommend that each family take time in the fall to do a couple of things,” he said. “First, check all of the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. And second, take time to build a storm survival kit that includes a first-aid kit, flashlights and batteries.”

In Randolph County, sales of many winter items have also been brisk.

Big Lots in Elkins saw an increase in sales of snow shovels, bottled water, windshield wiper fluid, wiper blades, gloves, jumper cables and flashlights, officials said.

Many shoppers came to Kroger in Elkins for milk and bread, canned foods and other non-perishable food items, officials said.

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