BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The burdens of last winter are so firmly entrenched in the mind of Southern New Englanders that some are already preparing for the winter ahead.
The winter of 2014-15 was the harshest the region has seen in more than a century, and it’s caused residents to start getting their homes ready for the next round a lot earlier than usual.
“They’re coming in because of last year’s bad experience,” said George Tamer, owner of Center Ace Hardware in Barrington. “They’re being more proactive.”
Tamer said he’s pleasantly surprised by how people are preparing now, after the problems he faced last year.
“We couldn’t get the stuff off the truck in time,” he recalled. “We had people waiting for us to unload the trucks last year.”
Snow blowers, ice melt and snow shovels are already selling, which Tamer said doesn’t typically start happening until snow begins to fall.
With temperatures over 70 degrees this week, it’s actually a perfect time to start getting your home ready for the upcoming winter. It’s important to clean out your gutters, caulk and insulate windows and doors, put driveway markers in the ground before it freezes, and cover or bring inside outdoor furniture.