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North Bend's ACE Hardware ready to help when winter storms strike

North Bend’s ACE Hardware carries plenty of snow shovels, pet-safe de-icer and warm clothing to ensure safer winter home maintenance. - Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record
North Bend’s ACE Hardware carries plenty of snow shovels, pet-safe de-icer and warm clothing to ensure safer winter home maintenance.
— image credit: Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record

The snow shovels, de-icer and warm mittens are already on the shelves at North Bend ACE Hardware, awaiting customers’ needs as Old Man Winter nears.

Staff at ACE have prepared a winter preparedness and emergency kit list and are ready to help customers with questions.

As October closes and La Niña commences, homeowners should be thinking ahead about how to stay mobile, warm and safe.

“You want to be prepared for the worst,” said ACE Store Manager Chris McCartney, a veteran of 18 Valley winters, including snow storms, floods and prolonged power outages.

Storms often mean a run on the store, so smart shoppers will stock up ahead on everything from de-icer to emergency lamps. When gear and supplies are organized and stored in a safe, dry place, home-owners can be ready for mother nature.

“Before something happens, you want to make sure you have everything on hand,” said assistant manager Raphael Prieto. “Get together with your family and make a list. Go to the store and get it going. Find a place in the pantry or back of the garage, and get everything up.”

Two years ago, Prieto was fighting an illness when a flood struck.

“I was ready to go,” he said. “I had plenty of water, candles and canned food. It was tough, but we got through it.”

Water is a must. Some neighborhoods are on electric wells. When the power goes down, so does the water supply.

Besides stocking “people” food, ACE staff emphasized putting aside extra pet food to ensure animals don’t go hungry during outages or other disasters that may cause disruption in supply chains.

The store’s emergency car kit list includes items that save time and trouble during winter travel. An extra bag of cat litter can also be the ticket out and home when your car gets stuck in a snowy ditch.

Chemical heating pads and glow sticks can provide light and heat without batteries.

Prieto emphasized the need to use camp stoves and grills safely. Residents should never use coal or gas-powered items inside the home, as the carbon monoxide they give off is deadly.

ACE also recommends foam faucet covers and heat tape to prevent frozen pipes and water leaks.

When temperatures dip, “we’ll have people here the next day, lining up to buy repair kits,” Prieto said. Some attention ahead of time can prevent leaks and hassles. Prieto reminds residents to not forget about pipes from well houses to the home, as well.

Winterization should also include treatments to gasoline engines in the boat or RV to prevent cold damage.

Outdoor fun

Winter brings opportunity for adventure. ACE carries a full selection of sporting goods for families’ camping, hunting and fishing needs.

Camping goods can also come in handy during storms and power outages.

Old and new products, from emergency thermal blankets and Sterno cans to lamps and hatchets, make roughing it a bit easier.

“A lot of this stuff is old school,” Prieto said.

Some customers swear by oil lamps over battery-powered lamps. Oil burns brightly and stores for longer.

The store also carries a hand-cranked LED lamp that lasts for up to 12 hours after a firm cranking.

Keep it coming

ACE knows the importance of staying staffed and stocking inventory during big winter events.

“We make an extra effort to make sure everybody’s here,” McCartney said. “We’ve got committed people. They understand we’ll be here, we’ll keep operations running.”

At need, a regional warehouse keeps supplies running.

“I tell them what we need, they make it happen,” McCartney said. “ACE is the helpful place. That’s what we’re here for—everybody at the ACE warehouse also understands and supports that whole philosophy.”

North Bend ACE Hardware is located at 330 Main Ave South in the Mount Si Village shopping center.

Ready for winter

ACE Hardware suggests stocking the following items:

Extension Cords

Prest O Logs

Wood Pellets

Yak Trax (Shoe Ice Grippers)

Hand Warmers

Weather Stripping

Window Seal Kits

Tarps and Straps

Faucet Covers

Heat Tape (water pipes)

Water Trough De-Icer

Winter Gloves and Hats

Flannel/Sweat Shirts

Insulated Coveralls

Cube Taps

Outlet Strips

Snow Shovels

Lock De-Icer

Plastic Sheeting

Light Bulbs

Heat Lamps & Holders

Rakes

Leaf Bags

RV/Boat Winterization

Anti-Freeze

Portable Heaters

Propane Heater

Propane Fuel

Camp Stove

Portable Electric Stove Burner

Oil Lamps

Lamp Oil

Candles

Gas Cans

Ice Melt

Ice Scraper

Windshield De-Icer

Windshield Washer Fluid

Emergency Car Kit:

Emergency Blanket

Wool Socks, Hat, Gloves

Rain Poncho

Non-Perishable Snacks (nuts, energy bars, canned fruit and a portable can opener)

Water

Flashlight and Batteries

Hand, Feet, Body Warmers

Light Sticks

Paper Towels

Ice Scraper

Camp Shovel

Jumper Cables

First Aid Kit

Kitty Litter (snow traction)

Portable AM/FM Radio and Batteries

Flares and/or Reflective Triangle

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