Winter can be a magical time of year, from cozy blankets and home décor to snowflakes falling beautifully outside. However, it’s also one of the most important seasons to consider the safety of your car, home, and most importantly… yourself and your family. So, cozy up on the couch with a hot cocoa and read these helpful tips on how to prepare for winter weather.
Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car
Keep a stash of emergency items in your car to plan ahead for any situation. Winter weather can wreak havoc on your vehicle in different ways. Be sure to include items such as jumper cables, a shovel, tire chains, and an ice scraper. Add a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, snacks, water, extra clothing, and more emergency supplies in case you get stranded and have to wait for help to arrive.
Winterize Your Home
Don’t forget to keep an emergency kit in an easy-to-reach place inside your home as well. Include extra water bottles, canned food, and non-parishable snacks in case snow, sleet, or extreme weather makes it difficult to leave. Check the caulking and weather-stripping on your doors and windows, and replace them if they are not properly blocking out the winter weather. If you fear that your pipes will freeze, keep a small trickle of water running through your faucets. Make sure your heating unit and chimney are clean and have been inspected.
Keep Yourself & Your Family Bundled Up
Last, but certainly not least, remember to stock up on all the winter clothing you need to stay warm. Dress in layers and wear gloves, hats, and thick socks when outdoors. It’s important to protect your skin from freezing temperatures when you’re outdoors for long periods of time. When it’s snowing, remember that staying dry helps you stay warm, so avoid absorbent fabrics and shoes when getting dressed.
Check out our Emergency Supply Checklist to make sure you have everything you and your family need this winter, and stock up on $1 supplies.