Winter is one of the most wildly unpredictable times of year. One day it could be snowing an inch an hour and the next day it may be bright and sunny outside. In the Northeast, we have only been in the fall season for a few weeks and we’ve already faced a sleet storm, a Nor’easter and some pretty massive windy days. As it is every year, there are things you can do to prepare for a big storm – don’t forget, your cars and stored items are only as secure as your carport is. So, when the threat of winter is upon your area of the country, make sure that your portable garages and shelters are as safely secured as possible.
The first thing to do when bracing for a big storm is to begin double checking how you have secured the legs to the ground. The anchors that you use should be properly screwed into the ground and if you are using the portable garage in a windy area, place cinder blocks, sand bags or other support around the legs for further bracing. Check for any kind of erosion or rust on the support for your portable garage and/or carport – the last thing you want is for your portable shelter to collapse under the weight of a small amount of snow.
If a snow storm is anticipated, be prepared to clear any snow, ice or sleet away from the covering. Placing inordinate amounts of weight on the top of your portable shelter can compromise the integrity of the structure can cause accidents. If you use your portable shelter to cover yourself while you work on projects, make sure someone is always around or at least in earshot – in case of an emergency, they can help you out.
This is especially important when tools are involved. Your safety is of the utmost concern, so protect yourself when working in the harsh seasons.