With the blizzard on the way into our area, it’s important to put together a winter emergency kit in case of power outages and extreme conditions. Here are some tips to keep you safe today into tomorrow:
• Keep your gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
• Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
Put Together a Supply Kit
• Water: at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
• Food: at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
• Extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Cell phone with chargers
• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
• Tools/supplies for securing your home
• Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
• Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
• Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
Protect Your Pets
• Please bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water.
• Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
• Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.
Tips for Motorists
• Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible as these roadways will be cleared first.
• Drive slowly. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. Vehicles, including those with 4-wheel drive, take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
• If you skid, steer in the direction you want the car to go and straighten the wheel when the car moves in the desired direction.
• Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck in the snow.
• If you get stuck on the road stay with your car and contact a towing company.
Tips for Pedestrians
• Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible.
• Wear layers including a hat, gloves and scarf to stay protected from the cold. And, keep clothes and shoes dry.
• Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.
• Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.
Stay indoors as much as possible and keep your family safe with these tips!