Winter storms and extremely cold temperatures can be hazardous, which is why staying indoors is the best thing to do. With winter coming and going each year, it’s a surprise how not all of us come prepped for this season. Here are some tips to help keep you safe and snug for the coldest season of the year.
Dress to the Occasion
Dress warmly and stay dry. Cover yourself up from head to toe by wearing thick scarves, caps, and mittens. Cashmere, Merino Wool, Cable-Knit Wool, and cotton, are the perfect types of fabric to wear during the wintry season. Layering is also one good way of keeping yourself snug and dry in this layer-up-or-freeze-like-a-popsicle type of season. When you layer up, add in an inner layer that holds body heat and won’t absorb moisture, put in an insulation layer afterwards to trap in the heat, and then an outer layer that is moisture or water-resistant.
Prep Your Home
Staying indoors during the freezing weather is no guarantee for safety. Be sure to prep your home by installing weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls and clean out gutters to prevent water from seeping into your home from melted ice. Take time out of your busy schedule to repair any leaks on your roof and have your heaters professionally serviced to ensure that they are in good working condition.
Have Your Automobile Serviced
Because snow and ice can lead to very slippery situations, make sure your tires are ready for the tough weather by installing all-weather or snow tires and make sure they have the proper pressure in them. Ensure that your radiator is serviced and is in an antifreeze level. As much as possible, keep your gas tank full so that ice does not seep into the tank causing a fuel line freeze up. A washer fluid for your windshield will also help you from accidents so you are able to see through your windshield when driving.
Avoid Icy Situations
Falling on ice-covered pavements, sidewalks, stairs, and curbs are common causes of winter weather injuries. As much as possible, try to dodge icy situations and surfaces to lessen the risk of getting into slippery accidents. Rock salts are great de-freezing chemicals which you can use around your home so that your area remains to bee free of ice and reduces the risk of accidents.
Keep Your Kids Safe Always
While most adults are aware of the dangers that the wintry season brings, a lot of kids may not, and so, while most adults prefer to keep warm indoors, most kids will want to play outside all day. Keep your kids safely indoors during the winter, sledding, ice-skating, and frostbites are common accidents and injuries that happen to children every year.
Be prepared for whatever emergencies that might come up due to the weather. Have an Emergency Kit handy inside your home and in your car. Your Emergency Kit should contain extra batteries, blankets, food, water, flares, and a first aid kit. Stock food that does not require cooking or refrigeration and can last up to days. Have clean water stored up in compact and easy-to-carry containers and be sure that your mobile phone is charged.