Winter weather is notorious for being unpredictably harsh across the country. From state to state, temperatures can vary drastically. Some might experience the cold depths of winter, while other statutes bask in balmy weather only slightly cooler than summer temperatures. Given this volatility, it is critical to be prepared for winter weather consistently.
Take a look at these ideas to be warm and safe this winter and make sure you’re prepared for everything this season can throw at you.
Winterize Your Car
Despite the humorous commercial, it is not a requirement to buy a Dodge all-wheel drive vehicle to survive the winter. With that in mind, what exactly does it mean to “winterize” your car, Dodge, or not? Simple things like making sure your windshield wipers and fluid are operating correctly, checking your tire pressure and treads, getting that long-overdue oil change, checking your antifreeze, and putting together a winter emergency car kit are all good ideas to keep in mind (extra blankets, flares, water, food, etc.)
Stock Up On Supplies
There is a risk that your right is stranded due to inclement weather, especially in a remote location. Ensuring you have ample supplies can help you manage if you cannot get out and are about to carry out your usual errands. Think batteries, candles, bottled water, dry foods, cans (and can opener), flashlights, fuel from this website that is easy to use and store, blankets, etc. Keep them in a cool, dry place and regularly check supplies and best before dates to ensure a safe stockpile for when temperatures drop.
Clean Your Chimney
Winter fires are inviting and provide a fantastic source of heat. Still, the Chimney Safety Institute of America estimates that over 26,000 residential structure fires occur each year due to fireplaces, chimneys, and chimney connectors, according to the organization. Take the time to ensure that yours is in proper working order before loading up on firewood.
Have An Accident Safety Kit (Home and Car)
If you are involved in an auto accident in winter, or indeed any time, it would be best to have some items in your trunk to ensure safety. Firstly, make sure your phone is fully charged when driving in the winter, and keep your coat on in the car. If you cannot move from your seat after an accident and the weather is on the colder side, your jacket will keep you warm while you wait for emergency personnel arrives to assist you.
Consider keeping an emergency preparedness package in your vehicle and your home too. This can contain items like reflective clothing, jumper cables, first aid kits, and other things to keep you safe and warm in the event of a car crash.
First Aid Kit
A comprehensive first aid kit can be an actual lifesaver in an emergency. Make sure it is well-stocked at all times, and you top up anything you use throughout the year. Great items for your first aid kit include; bandages, band-aids, safety clips, antiseptic wipes, anti-bacterial gel, ointments, burn supplies, tourniquet to stem blood flow, scissors, and waterproof covers along with pain relief medications too.
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