Don’t be left out in the cold. It’s time to prepare for winter storms and the ice, snow, extreme cold that come with them. With these threats, there are increased risks of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion.
Get ahead of the game by keeping up with weather reports and winter storm warnings. Sign up for available emergency alert systems in your area for timely warnings.
Extreme winter weather can leave you without power or phone service for long periods of time.
A few ways you can prepare are:
- Secure your home and business with insulation and be sure to keep pipes from freezing. Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights. Generators can be used as a power source but must be properly stored and operated according to manufacturer instructions.
- Be ready with food, water, and other supplies you may need in case you are stuck at home for several days without power. Plan for specific needs including medication the safety of pets.
- Create an emergency supply kit for your car with jumper cables, flashlights, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Be sure that you fill up your gas tank.
- Keep snow removal supplies including shovels and ice melt where you can easily get to them.
At Outdoor Insurance Group, we’re happy to offer our suggestions and remind you that there are many additional sources available for additional information online. Taking every precaution will help you weather the storm! Be ready and avoid the risks.