You know how you always ‘planned’ on preparing for a storm? Well, now that winter is approaching it’s time to get prepared.
According to the American Red Cross, winter storms can range from moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding snow that can last for several days. And many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
Preparing in advance is key to staying warm and safe, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming.
Here are a few simple tips to help you weather a winter storm.
Water often freezes when it reaches 20 degrees below Fahrenheit. As the temperature drops leave your faucets running at a slow drip. This will help ensure your pipes won’t freeze.
It’s also a good idea to keep at least five gallons of water on hand, just in case your pipes do freeze.
Fill a box with emergency equipment so that you’re prepared for power outages. Here are a few items that you should have in your box:
Did you know every year many people suffer from shoveling induced heat attacks? So when you’re shoveling take it slow and steady and give yourself frequent breaks. And push the snow straight ahead and then to one side so that you’re not straining yourself.
Keep at least half a tank of gas in your car along with a bag of kitty litter or sand to give your car tires traction if you get stuck. And, this may seem like a no-brainer, flip up those windshield wiper blades so they don’t get buried under the heavy snow.
It’s important to learn from every storm and assess your preparedness afterward.
Ready.gov suggests after every storm you do these three things: