Winter Wonderland is a classic song. You can almost feel the warm glow inside you when you hear the song during the holidays.
But winter wonderland is not always a happy place because it can pose a danger to the community and its people.
A blizzard is the last thing everyone wants during the winter. A ton of snow can mean slippery roads, road accidents, etc.
When a winter storm happens, would you know what to do? Are you prepared? If you’re not, read on to know how to keep yourself and your family safe during an extreme weather disturbance during winter.
- Stock up on basic necessities.
Do not buy what you need before an actual winter storm. Do it before the winter season so you would be able to buy everything you need. Plan ahead because you are able to think clearly when you’re not into panic buying.
Experts recommend buying food and water for at least three days. Include flashlights, batteries, first aid kits, phone chargers like power banks, etc.
- Keep important documents in a safe container.
Prepare for the worst-case scenario like damages that could happen to your house. Gather all your important documents (insurance papers, mortgage papers, passports, etc.) and place them in water proof containers. Also keep them within reach.
- Be careful of frostbite and hypothermia.
Gain knowledge about frostbite and hypothermia so you will know if you or a family member is already at risk. People are at a high risk from these medical conditions during the winter season.
- Have an alternative source of heat.
Electricity might be out during the height of the storm. Therefore, it is important to have an alternative heat source to avoid hypothermia, like a wood fireplace. If you have other heating source that requires fuel, be sure to follow instructions to avoid suffocation or poisoning.
If you’re using it for the first time, it is best to test it before its actual use. Also check smoke detectors if they’re working properly.
- Prepare your car.
It is not advisable to be out during a winter storm, but in case you really need to go, it is better to prep your car for the hazards waiting outside.
Check its antifreeze solutions and oil, brakes, headlights, heater, batteries, etc. Also stock your car with extra clothing, boots, ice scraper, and phone charging devices. Experts also recommend keeping a flare handy just in case you lose your way you need to be rescued.
- Keep snow shovels in the house.
Yes, you definitely need them after a heavy snow storm or snow fall. Put them in easily accessible areas of the house like a covered porch. You would them to clear your driveway and lawn.
Be sure to wear thick clothing, and cover your peripherals well to avoid blisters. And don’t forget to be careful when shoveling snow because it could lead to an accident due to the slippery surface.
- Secure yourself.
Getting caught in a winter storm while you’re at home is a different story from getting caught outside the house.
If this happens, be sure to park your car away from falling trees or power lines, even flying furniture. Try to seek a cover from the strong winds.