Preparing For Winter; Blizzards, Icy Roads And More

The holiday season is a time of gift giving, seeing family, eating treats and enjoying some down time. It can also be a time of battling the harsh elements that come with cold weather. Blizzards, icy roads and other conditions can make it difficult to commute to and from work, run errands or simply relax at home.

Safety needs to be made a priority this time of year and it starts with making sure you are prepared at home. The first thing you should do is stock up on supplies. It’s important to make sure that you have what you need to survive in your home for a few days or longer, should a blizzard knock out power and make the roads unsafe to travel. This includes canned goods, a working flashlight, plenty of water and medicine, some type of heating fuel or option if you do not have electric, fire extinguishers and battery backups for your cell phone.

If a blizzard should hit, you want to make sure that you stay inside as much as possible. If heat is going to be challenging to generate throughout your home, make sure that you keep doors and windows closed to keep the heat focused in one area.

When it comes to traveling during winter time, icy roads are always a concern. Before you get into your car make sure that the tires are inflated at the proper level. This will ensure that they grip and handle at optimal level. You also want to make sure that you keep your gas tank as full as possible to avoid running out as well as keeping the line from freezing up.

It’s always a good idea to monitor weather reports. If you hear that the weather will be rough later in the day, don’t be afraid to leave work early or stay in that day just to be safe. When traveling, be sure to drive carefully and do the speed limit. Icy roads are even more dangerous if you are speeding. As long as you are prepared and take caution when traveling, you should not run into many issues. Following these tips and more will help you have a safe and happy holiday season.