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Winter Weather Preparation

Make your car and home snow-ready.
Winter is here! And while we may be wishing for that hot sun and warm breeze, we can make the cold weather a little more bearable by making sure our loved ones are prepared for the cold weather.

Snow, ice, and frigid winds lead to hazardous environments, but can be especially dangerous for seniors who may be seriously injured if they slip  or susceptible to various illnesses if they don’t stay properly warm and hydrated. Take the time to reach out to your loved and offer help or suggest different things they can do to best beat the cold.

Be Prepared

The best thing to prepare for the winter is to have the necessary supplies, including emergency food supplies in case a severe storm leaves you isolated in your home for a few days. Most agencies recommend having a 3-day supply of food and water in case of emergency and power outage. This means storing items that don’t need a refrigerator and being prepared to cook without any electricity. It’s all about thinking ahead to the worst possible scenario.

Other items to consider are shovels and salt to help clear driveways and walkways, as well as proper winter clothing. You should also have a healthy supply of blankets and other warm clothing.

When going outside, make sure you are dressed appropriately with multiple layers, gloves, and a hat.

Preparation is in large part having a positive mindset. You don’t want to be caught unaware or not anticipate the temperature. The days will be getting shorter so our inclination is to become more tired, and at times feel bouts of depression. By taking the time to look ahead, you’ll not only protect your home and car, but your own health.

Tips for Protecting Your Home:

  • After a snowfall, don’t just shovel walkways but make sure is not accumulating on window sills and against the walls of your home. As it melts, this may cause moisture to enter your home causing water damage and possible mold growth in the spring.
  • Purchase non-skid boots to help prevent falls when going outside.
  • Stock up on rock salt or sand to help give better traction on driveways and walkways.
  • Pay attention to weather patterns. This will help you anticipate storms and other adverse weather more effectively.
  • Keep your thermostat 65 degrees or higher. Anything lower may lead to hyperthermia.
  • Keep the blinds open. Allowing sunlight into a room is a natural way to keep your home heated and the light naturally makes us feel happier.

Tips for Protecting Your Vehicle:

  • winter_car_kitConsider swapping out your regular carpet floor mats with water resistant vinyl. This will help keep your car clean and prevent water accumulation from your boots.
  • Take your car to a local mechanic to get checked out. Have them check fluid levels and check the battery strength. This is a great preventative measure to keep your car running smoothly throughout the winter.
  • Check the windshield wipers. Are they effective or do the blades need to be replaced? Any local auto supply store will be able to help you buy the correct size and easily install them.
  • Include emergency items in your car: Blanket, flashlight, shovel, first aid kit, jumper cables and an ice scraper.

With these suggestions, you and your loved ones will be well prepared for the winter. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask for help or check for resources online.

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