When winter is on your doorstep, you already know that it is going to be a crazy one. The daily life in general are going to encounter a shift. Roads can become snarled, homes are under siege from the blast of snow falling and winds blowing causing white out and blizzard conditions. This completely disrupts all of life. Even animals seek shelter. But for people, offices and factories close early and send their people home. Schools close. It can be just outright dangerous.
Preparing For The Strike
There are many things that must be done before the storm hits to ensure you are ready.
This video breaks them down in a simplistic way:
Some top winter safety tips provided by the National Weather Service can include:
- Stay off the roads – this is a given.
- Stay indoors and dress warm – stay bundled up.
- Expect power outages.
- Use generators outside only and away from windows.
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
- Check on neighbors.
Once The Storm Has Arrived
Continue watching the forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies, including your emergency food and water supply, whenever you are expecting a winter storm or extreme cold. Even though it is not always possible to predict extreme cold in advance, accurate weather forecasts generally provide several days of notice to prepare.
Bring Pets Inside
If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
Hire A Snow Plow Service
“Don’t risk injury, just let the professionals handle the task.”, mentioned an owner of a service that provides plowing and snow removal Stillwater, MN. They put an emphasis, especially on the elderly to stay safe during the tough winter months because they are most at risk due to slip and falls. The company shares information about the snow plow service process in this informative video:
Get Your Car Ready
Regularly service your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends. In addition, every fall, do the following:
- Check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze, otherwise known as coolant as needed.
- Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
- Replace any worn tires and fill low tires with air to the proper pressure recommended for your car (ideally between 30-35 psi), or invest in snow tires for optimal snow driving performance.
- Keep your gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Throughly check the following: heater, defroster, brakes, brake fluid, ignition, emergency flashers, exhaust, oil, and battery.
When you become prepared for the storms and long, cold winter months ahead, they become no match for the well prepared person.