Gear up for seasonal needs at North Bend ACE Hardware

North Bend ACE assistant manager Niel shows part of the selection of winter auto care items. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
North Bend ACE assistant manager Niel shows part of the selection of winter auto care items.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Don’t let the long stretch of summer fool you into thinking winter isn’t coming. The abrupt change into fall is here.

Staff at North Bend ACE Hardware are ready, awaiting customers’ needs as severe weather approaches. They have prepared a winter preparedness and emergency kit list and are ready to help customers.

In case of bad storms or weather-related disasters, 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 20 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, homeowners can be ready for Mother Nature.

Get together with your family and make a list, ACE staff say. Find a place in the pantry or back of the garage, and safely store needed goods. Water is a must. Some neighborhoods are on electric wells. When the power goes down, so does the water supply.

Besides ‘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/home) when your car gets stuck in a snowy ditch.

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

Also, make sure 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. Don’t 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.

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

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

ACE makes an extra effort to stay staffed and stock 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 S. Call the store at (425) 888-1242.


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