Have you prepped your car and home for winter?

During the winter months, which, if any, of these things do you carry in your vehicle in case of an emergency? (Please check all that apply)
All OR
59 59 A first-aid kit
57 57 Extra clothing or blankets
44 53 Chains
44 43 Extra water
29 31 Flares
25 24 Extra food
20 17 Shovel
16 15 None of the above
0 0 Don't know
Before freezing weather arrives, how often do you do these things?
For each one, do you always do it before freezing weather arrives in the fall, usually do it, sometimes do it, rarely do it, or never do it?
Disconnect outdoor hoses
All OR
55 55 Always
15 15 Usually
8 8 Sometimes
4 6 Rarely
6 4 Never
12 12 Don't know / Not applicable
Cover outdoor faucets with a Styrofoam bib or cloth
All OR
44 44 Always
12 12 Usually
10 11 Sometimes
7 8 Rarely
16 15 Never
11 10 Don't know / Not applicable
Have the furnace checked and tuned up
All OR
12 10 Always
15 16 Usually
21 22 Sometimes
16 17 Rarely
13 13 Never
23 22 Don't know / Not applicable
Have the chimney checked and cleaned
All OR
9 11 Always
9 8 Usually
11 10 Sometimes
12 12 Rarely
12 10 Never
47 49 Don't know / Not applicable
Clean the gutters
All OR
23 26 Always
21 22 Usually
18 19 Sometimes
11 9 Rarely
8 6 Never
19 18 Don't know / Not applicable
Check your yard for split or unstable trees
All OR
16 16 Always
14 16 Usually
14 14 Sometimes
15 15 Rarely
16 15 Never
25 24 Don't know / Not applicable
Add fuel stabilizer to yard-care power equipment
All OR
11 10 Always
9 7 Usually
11 10 Sometimes
11 12 Rarely
27 30 Never
31 31 Don't know / Not applicable
Have winter tires mounted on the car
All OR
16 16 Always
11 12 Usually
11 10 Sometimes
11 10 Rarely
40 42 Never
11 10 Don't know / Not applicable
Ensure the car has enough antifreeze
All OR
48 48 Always
24 25 Usually
13 13 Sometimes
6 5 Rarely
8 8 Never
1 1 Don't know / Not applicable
Replace windshield wipers, if they're worn and leave streaks
All OR
43 42 Always
29 32 Usually
17 18 Sometimes
7 5 Rarely
3 3 Never
1 0 Don't know / Not applicable
Winterize boats, trailers, or other recreational equipment
All OR
16 16 Always
8 6 Usually
5 5 Sometimes
3 3 Rarely
5 6 Never
63 64 Don't know / Not applicable

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

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