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- Clean gutters (to prevent ice dams)
- Have furnace serviced
- Insulate water pipe that leads to exterior faucet

We turned off the water to the outside hose faucets. There should be a valve inside the house you can use to turn off the water to the faucet. Then, leave the faucet itself open so that any residual water can evaporate, and has someplace to go if it freezes while still in there. Also, bring your hose inside.

- Buy salt, shovel and back brace

Around here, anyway, we tend to use a non-salt salt (potassium chloride, I think). Sodium chloride can kill grass, and, here in Maryland, it can run off into the Chesapeake. Get a big tub of the doesn't go bad, and you might see more ice than snow in New Jersey.

In addition to a shovel, I recommend long-johns and good waterproof gloves as well. You can spend an awful long time out there shovelling. And a cup of cocoa is REAL nice after a days' shovelling :-)

Do you have storm windows? If so, put 'em up.

Look for dead or dying trees or tree limbs that might land on your roof or driveway. Have any hazards removed.

You probably need to move your lawn furniture in. Winter gets windy, too.

Winterize your car as well!

Good luck, and congratulations!
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