Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

Summer has come to an end and it’s time we face the news. For many, fall brings cool air, trees displaying their brilliant colors, warm apple cider and the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. Head outside to enjoy the cool, invigorating air and the colorful display of leaves because soon, that same cool air will attempt to invade your home, and those beautiful leaves may become a big nuisance after they drop.

Don’t let fall weather catch you unprepared. With just a few simple steps, you can be weather-ready for whatever comes this fall.

Here’s a couple things that you can do:

Clean your gutters

Sure, one of the delights of fall is the changing colors of the leaves, but they don’t just disappear; they often head straight for the gutters.

Trim your trees

Before you put that ladder away, you should trim trees near the house to avoid damage from limbs that hang over your home.

Have your furnace inspected

Another way to ensure your home stays comfortably warm is to have your furnace inspected in advance of the cold weather.

Be prepared

Check your local weather every morning before you leave home to make sure you’re prepared for what the weather might bring.

First Halloween contest

There will be a Halloween contest and live music at the Greensburg Community Market on Kendrick Street in Greensburg on Oct. 31. You can sign up for the contest from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Landmark Bank parking lot. The costumes must be homemade, no store-bought costumes will be allowed in the contest. Judging begins at 11 a.m. For information, call (225) 287-1842.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email at swarren@theadvocate.com.