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With cold fronts and potential arctic air moving towards Acadiana, it's always a good time to make preparations so you don't have to deal with some of the hassles that come along with the cold. From your house to your car, the cold weather can at a minimum be an inconvenience and could make your life quite difficult if the temperatures drop enough. Be prepared this winter with items that can help get you to work on time to preventing a major catastrophe due to busted pipes. Here's a starter kit for your winter preparations.

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    Outdoor Faucet Covers

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    One of the first things that will likely freeze if not covered are your outdoor faucets. Make sure they're protected, and with these insulated bags, you shouldn't have a problem. They're easy to install with drawstring tighteners and they're insulated to keep your faucets protected from the elements. Finally, they're easy to remove and store for the next cold snap.

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    Windshield Cover

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    If you've ever been parked in the elements and woken to the sight of a frozen windshield, you know the hassle of having to scrape the ice off and try to get to work or school on time. With windshield covers, you can make that problem a thing of the past. Easy to attach, and safety measures to prevent wind from removing (or wandering hands), this is a must-have, especially if you don't have access to a garage or carport.

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    Greenhouse With Shelves

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    If you have outdoor plants, you'll want to follow meteorologists' recommendations to protect your plants (as well as pets and pipes). Sometimes people tend to bring plants inside, but if you're not a fan of potential pests hitching a ride into your house, consider getting a small greenhouse to cover your plants. This greenhouse comes with a set of shelves to stack your plants and keep them from the extreme cold that can damage tender vegetation.

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    Water Shutoff Tool

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    If, for whatever reason, your pipes happen to freeze, even after taking the necessary precautions, you're going to be thankful to have this tool in your possession. At the first sign of water leaks, you'll want to shut off the main water supply to your house to avoid costly water damage. If you don't have this tool, it could be quite difficult to shut the main water line off. Check your system ahead of time and make sure that you get this tool if you need it.

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    Tire Pressure Gauge

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    Tires are very susceptible to changes in temperature, and driving on improperly inflated tires can be potentially dangerous. Be sure your tires are at the proper pressure by investing in a tire pressure gauge. This particular gauge has an easy to view digital display as well as a handy nozzle to access tire stems easily.