Winter is the season of ice and cold weather. While it might be fun to play in the snow and go on winter adventures outside, the risks of the season need to be considered. If you don’t have much experience dealing with freezing temperatures and winter storms, here are some valuable winter safety tips.
6 Winter Safety Tips
1. Keep the Chimney Clear
In fall, leaves and pine needles may accumulate in your chimney. It’s also possible that animals have sought shelter and built a nest there. A blocked chimney is a fire hazard. Before you build a fire, hire a professional chimney sweep to clean the debris and creosote from the chimney.
2. Dress Appropriately for Winter Weather
When going outdoors during winter, dress appropriately to avoid hypothermia or frostbite. Layers are important to manage your body temperature. If one layer becomes damp from snow or sleet, you can remove that layer and still be protected from the cold. It’s also important to have waterproof shoes or boots to protect your feet from precipitation and the snow that accumulates in the yard.
3. Winter Safety for Your Pets
Just as you protect your family member from the cold weather, keep your pets warm, too. Bring your pets inside during fall and winter so they don’t freeze. If you have a pet door, lock it when the temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing. This way you can control when your pet goes outside.
If there’s a storm on the way, keep your pets in the house. You won’t have to go search for them when bad weather moves in. This will keep them safe and warm well ahead of severe weather.
4. Create an Emergency Kit
During winter storms, heavy ice and snow can damage power lines and roads. While towns will usually send crews out to make repairs, it’s best to be well-prepared for a power outage.
Stock a winter emergency kit with flashlights and extra batteries, warm blankets, food, water, and necessary medications. This will help keep you and your family safe until the power is restored or until you’re able to go somewhere where there is electricity.
5. Add Insulation
Most newer homes are built to be well-sealed and well-insulated. However, if you live in an older home, consider adding more insulation, especially to the attic where most heat is lost. You’ll boost your home’s energy efficiency and save money on heating costs.
You can buy insulation at most hardware stores and install it yourself. Just be sure you know how much and what kind of insulation your home needs. Contact a professional for this project if you’re not up to doing it yourself.
6. To Promote Safety, Keep Sidewalks Clear this Winter
If there’s one thing that can make winter even worse, it’s a fall while traveling the icy walkway from your car to your home. Make it a habit to shovel your driveway and sidewalks as soon as possible after a snowstorm. Keep ice-melt on hand for your walkway and front steps. This will help reduce the risk of injuries and accidents.
With these winter safety tips, you’re better prepared to handle emergencies during cold weather. Keep your home warmer and your family safe when temperatures drop this season.