We’ve already started to feel the steady drop in temperature here in Canada, meaning that winter is definitely on its way. With the approach of winter, you should also consider what preparations you should be making for any potential winter storms ahead.
These storms aren’t guaranteed – we’ve definitely had some mild winters in the recent past without power outages or extremely heavy snowfall. But it doesn’t hurt to be prepared in the chance that we do get one, so take a look at our checklist and stay equipped for any winter storms ahead.
Emergency essentials should be kept accessible and include:
- Candles & Matches
- Alternative Fuel Source like wood for fireplaces or woodstove
- Portable Space Heaters
- Rock Sale or anything else that will melt ice
- Snow Shovels that work well and you are comfortable using
- Extra Blankets
If your home loses its heat source, you should have clothing that’s easy to layer along with your extra blankets. But remember to maintain a comfortable body temperature and avoid sweating, which can force you to stay in damp, uncomfortable clothing and even get you sick.
Every member of your family should have a 3-day supply of water and a 3-day supply of non-perishable and easy to prepare food. Consider anything else you may need – like pet food and water or baby formula and diapers – and ensure that you have at least 3 days’ worth of that, too.
Fires are much more common during winter storms due to the use of alternate fuel methods. Check that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are functioning properly.
In freezing temperatures that run the risk of freezing your pipes, keep your taps running by just a bit to prevent it.
You first aid kit should be stocked with plenty of:
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Over-the-Counter Pain Medication
- Anything your family specifically needs
It’s handy to store your kit near a portable radio and enough extra batteries so everything is easy to access. If your family has smartphones, consider buying a few portable charge packs so your cellphone doesn’t run out of battery in critical circumstances.
Finally, maintain a full tank of gas in case you need to leave in the event of any winter storms ahead. You should also go through what to do in an emergency storm situation with each member of your family to stay organized and safe.
Stay warm and prepared this season! If you have any questions, feel free to contact HAMCO today.