With the winter season approaching, we can expect the potential for heavy snowfall, icy roads and severe cold temperatures. It is a good idea to start updating your emergency kits and preparing your home and vehicle before it is too late. If you have not made an emergency kit yet, the Red Cross has suggestions that could help you get started.
Prepare Your Home
Start preparing your home for winter weather and cold temperatures by insulating walls and attics, weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows. Be sure to have your chimney or other heating appliance serviced and clean before using them this season!
Prepare Your Vehicle
Driving during the winter months poses a great risk for accidents, injury or becoming stranded. There are several steps one should take to prepare any vehicle for driving in winter weather conditions. Check your windshield wipers, tires and vehicle fluid levels; try to keep your gas tank full at all times to keep fuel lines flowing freely. Also, it is a great idea to make a special winter kit for your vehicle in case you find yourself in an emergency situation. Your kit should include blankets, a shovel and a set of jumper cables along with other suggestions from FEMA.
Extreme cold temperatures can pose a substantial danger to household pets. Make sure to bring your pets indoors during the winter season to protect them from severe cold. If animals cannot come indoors, ensure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow or ice. The Humane Society offers great information on pet safety during the winter months.
Snow Blowers & Generators
Snow blowers and generators are commonly used in the winter months. Both machines emit large amounts of carbon monoxide (CO), therefore it is important to start the machines in a well-ventilated area in order to prevent CO poisoning. For further information about the hazards of CO poisoning, see our November posting, or read the appropriate information from the links below.