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Three Affiliated Tribes

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➤ location

MHA TERO/Energy Complex - 3rd Floor
Suite 3200
305 4th Avenue
New Town, ND 58763

Located South of the Tribal Administration Building

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 4:30PM

☎ contact

Phone: (701) 627-5291
Fax: (701) 627-5295

DIrector

Justin L. Spotted Bear



 


 
 
 

 
 

Are you ready for the freeze?

Tips for winterizing your home

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There are many ways to keep your home warm and cozy against the freezing winters of North Dakota. Here are 5 important things to check around the house to make sure your family is protected from the elements!

1. While the weather outside is still bearable, break out the ladders and make sure your gutters are clear. When leaves and other debris clog up your gutters, water cannot flow easily and will begin to build up and create icicles – although festive, falling icicles pose a hazard to family members walking in and out of your home. Also, standing water in these conditions will eventually freeze and expand which will pose problems to your roofing/siding along the gutter walls.

2. Insulate your windows to keep the warm air in and cold air out. If your windows aren’t in the best condition, they can leak warm air out and cold air into your home. To keep your home warm, window insulation film or window “plastic” helps. Although it’s not the prettiest option, it is an economical way to keep everyone toasty when those winter winds start blowing!

3. Alongside your windows, make sure your doors have weather stripping installed and that your doors/windows have a tight seal when closed. If you still have some drafts coming in through the base of the door, try rolling up a towel and placing it on the floor in front of the door.

4. Check your filters!! If the filters in your heating/cooling system are clogged, they will not be as efficient in moving the warm air throughout the house. Replacing these filters regularly not only keeps your home warm, it also improves the overall life of your heating/cooling system! Check that you’re properly insulating the water piping underneath your home. Our sub-zero temperatures make pipes freezing a common ailment in the winter time. Depending on your piping system and level of DIY expertise, you may want to reach out to a professional to install heat tracing and insulation on your pipes. Although there is a cost associated with installing

Check that you’re properly insulating the water piping underneath your home. Our sub-zero temperatures make pipes freezing a common ailment in the winter time. Depending on your piping system and level of DIY expertise, you may want to reach out to a professional to install heat tracing and insulation on your pipes. Although there is a cost associated with installing adequate pipe insulation, you will be glad you did when your basement/crawlspace isn’t flooding over the holidays!

To shovel or not to shovel?

How to safely shovel your drive/walkways

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There are two types of people – those who can’t wait to watch the snow swirling outside their windows and those who loathe the thought of shoveling a tunnel to the car every morning. Whichever type you are, we all, at some point, are tasked with shoveling snow.

Since snow shoveling is a necessary evil, many of us don’t think about the health risks posed by shoveling snow or even pushing a heavy snow blower. Although snow floats delicately from the sky, once in a pile, snow can be fairly heavy. Depending on the moisture level of the snow, a cubic foot of snow can weigh between 15 and 21 pounds. This amount of weight and exertion can increase your chances for heart attack and lower back injury. A few tips to keep in mind while maintaining your decks and walkways this winter:

• Pace yourself! If you feel lightheaded, take a break. When doing any aerobic type of work, a good rule to follow is, if you can’t talk normally while moving, you need to slow down.

• Just like lifting a heavy box, lift with your legs, not your back when lifting a shovel full of snow.

• Keep your appendages covered! Although you’ll probably work up a sweat while shoveling, make sure your fingers, toes, and head are properly covered to avoid frost bite.

• Make sure to hydrate when the job is done!

Winter survival kit = Happy Holidays!

What to pack in your car for winter driving

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Along with winter comes the season of holidays. Many of us enjoy visiting relatives over a cup of hot cocoa, but traveling during hazards weather conditions can put a damper on the festivities. Here’s a helpful list of items to keep in your vehicle during the winter season:

• Flashlight with extra batteries

• Road flare

• Extra hats, gloves, scarves, and face masks

• Bright orange cloth – perhaps a hunting vest

• Trail mix or other high-protein non-perishables; candy if you have diabetic passengers

• Blanket

• Tea light candles and matches

Of course, you can always add to this list, but at a minimum, make sure your vehicle has these items. Also, when packing your kit, make sure to find a place in the cab of the vehicle – the worst-case scenario would be if you were unable to get out of your vehicle or unable to open your truck and your kit is stored safely out of your reach when it is needed. Safe travels and Happy Holidays!!
 

 
 
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