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Mark DannehlMany of us in Wisconsin have already seen a glimpse of winter with our first snowfall last week. If you haven't gotten to the point of swapping the lawn mower for the snow blower, here are a few tips to help you get it done:

  • Winterize your lawn mower, trimmers, and leaf blowers. Empty the fuel reservoir or add a fuel stabilizer, and remember to change the oil if necessary.
  • Clean the grass clippings from the underside of your lawn mower. Do the same for your trimmers.
  • Tune up your snow blower before the first snow storm. Start it up and let it run for a few minutes before using it for the first time.
  • Make sure you have salt or sand on hand to combat slippery spots on your driveway, sidewalk, steps, and entryways.
  • Dig out your shovels. They may not have been used since March, so move them to a spot where they are easily accessible. Also it's a good idea to keep a small shovel in your vehicle during the winter as part of your car's emergency kit.
  • Prepare your summer toys (your boat, jet skis, RV, etc.) for winter if you haven't already done so. Properly secure and store them for the season.
  • Got winter toys? Before heading out on your first ride this winter, tune up your snowmobile and don't forget to insure it. Call us for a quote: 1-800-279-4010.

Mark Dannehl, Personal Insurance Consultant