Stock Up on Essential Items
When preparing for a snowstorm, your top priority is having a stock of items that will get you through it.
Essential items include:
- Hygiene products like toilet paper
- Enough food and water to last 72 hours
When choosing foods to stock up on, non-perishable items such as canned goods, dried fruits, and nuts are a great option. Make sure you have a manual can opener on hand in case of power outages.
Also, remember that you will need water for drinking as well as hygiene.
- Any necessary medications or medical supplies
Insulate Your Home
Your home must be ready for a major snowstorm. Otherwise, your safety is in peril.
Insulation is an effective way to winter-proof your home. Quality windows and insulation are a sound investment. They help keep heat indoors.
Investing in these materials saves you money, even without a dangerous snowstorm. They can keep the house warm, cutting down on your HVAC use. Insulation also helps prevent ice dams that can lead to leaking roofs and damage to the home.
Purchase a Generator
With a generator, you'll be able to keep your appliances and devices powered throughout the storm, allowing you to stay warm, communicate with loved ones, and cook meals as needed.
There are several different types of generators available, so make sure to choose one that is powerful enough to meet your needs. It should also be designed for emergency use. Emergency generators have safety precautions built in.
Have an Emergency Kit Ready
Such kits should include items that will keep you safe and warm.
Flashlights are a must-have, helping you navigate your home in the dark.
Blankets and extra clothing layers can provide warmth in case your heating system fails.
Extra batteries will ensure that you have enough power to keep your devices running, letting you stay connected and informed even if the power goes out.
Most importantly, make sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand.
Check on Friends and Family
During snowstorms, remember to check on friends and family members who may be more vulnerable to extreme weather. Such loved ones include elderly individuals, those with disabilities or chronic illnesses, or families with young children.
By staying connected, you can ensure others have the supplies and support they need to weather the storm safely. It's also a good idea to discuss evacuation plans with these people beforehand.
Clean Up Debris Around Your Home
As we prepare for snowstorms, it is important to address potential dangers surrounding our property. When snow or ice covers items such as branches, toys, or lawn equipment, these things become a serious danger to anyone walking on the property.
By taking the extra precautionary step of clearing these items before the first snowfall, you can help ensure the safety of your loved ones and prevent any accidents.
Carlson & Dumeer, LLC is here to help with your personal injury and property damage claims. To consult with our team, contact us online or call us at (877) 795-5594.