If the thought of dealing with snow storms is far from your mind at this point, then we’re sorry for bringing it up. However, the seasons are about to change, and it never hurts to be ready. We know the dangers of not being prepared for a snow storm. Not only could it be an inconvenience, but not being prepared can also be life-threatening.
Today, we want to review some safety tips that you can start now and ones that will come in handy as the snow storm season really gets rolling.
As the season approaches
It may be time to start buying some rock salt or other alternative to get ready to melt the ice faster. It is always a good idea to throw a thin layer of rock salt onto your walkways, steps, sidewalks, and driveway before a storm gets there. Since it is pre-season, you might be able to get a discount. Check your snow shovels or buy one if you don’t already have one. Having two is even better, just in case one bends or breaks.
Prep your vehicle
As winter approaches, make sure you get all vehicle fluids checked and make sure your front and back windshield wipers are in good working order. It is not a good idea to use your windshield wipers while there is ice on the windshield, as they can get worn down easily. Check the tread of your tires and have them rotated if necessary. You do not want to be out driving on snowy or icy roads with worn-out tires. As a storm approaches, make sure your gas tank is full.
You should consider keeping some food, water, a first aid kit, blankets, and other ways to turn your vehicle into a shelter if your breakdown during a snow storm.
How about inside your home?
During a rough snow storm, you may be stuck inside. You need to make sure your heater is working properly early in the winter. If your heater does stop working during a storm, having an alternative way to keep warm is advisable.
Always be ready for power outages. You should have a “snow storm kit” ready to go that includes:
- Plenty of batteries
A portable cell phone charger or extra cell phone batteries are something many people do not think about, but you want to keep your phone charged for emergencies.
You also want to have enough food and water for everyone. It is recommended that you store three gallons of water for every person as well as dry foods that do not require major prep or cooking. Have a manual can opener on standby. Keep a stocked first aid kit ready to go.
When the storm arrives
If you do lose power, you can put frozen foods in the snow and move your refrigerated food to a colder area like the garage. If the temperature drops below 25 degrees, it is recommended to keep your sink faucets dripping to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting.
If you have kids, bust out the old board games and enjoy some family game time. If the power goes out and they lose access to their electronics, you want to keep everyone entertained.
Lastly, check on any elderly relative, neighbors, and friends. The elderly may not have the same ability to prep for and weather a snow storm, so be sure they are okay throughout the ordeal.
A note on prescriptions
If you know a snow storm is approaching, check all medications for everyone in the household. If you are low, go ahead and get them filled.