The winter weather can be really intense and can be very overwhelming. It is a good idea to be well prepared for extreme weather conditions. Here are some tips to stay safe and prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way this winter:
Safety should be the first thing to keep in mind for you and your family. Seek shelter and stay indoors until the dangerous conditions have passed. Listen to local radio, news, and other information sources to keep updated about storms and blizzards and plan your movements accordingly. It is really best to not take a risk to be stuck in a storm out of your home.
It is important to maintain a supply kit for daily essentials in the event of a blizzard (flashlights, candles, batteries, matches, battery-operated radio, blankets, shelf-stable food, etc.). At least a three-day supply of food and water (one gallon of water per person per day) is recommended. The American Red Cross has a checklist of what should go into a supply kit. For non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food ideas, check out these articles from Real Simple.
It is a good idea to invest in a portable generator so you have the ability to use space or electric compact heaters, in the case of a power outage during storms. A wood or gas fireplace could also be a great option for alternate emergency heating; however, you should make sure your chimney or flue is inspected each year.
For your safety, it’s important not to use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or other enclosed areas, as they could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Proper insulation for all doors and windows will go a long way to keeping your home nice and warm generally as well as during a winter storm. Homes should have a minimum of 13 inches of insulation to walls and attics should be insulated to help protect homes from the cold temperatures.
In your preparations, don’t forget to consider the time after the storms when you have to consider the after-effects of the storm and effort is required to get back to normalcy. walkways, driveways, sidewalks, and streets are likely to be covered in snow and ice, make sure you have salt, shovels and snow blowers to ensure the outside of your house is prepared for safe walking and driving.
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