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Winter Preparedness Tips

Winter Preparedness Tips

Are you winter-ready? Blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain and subzero temperatures can hit hard and fast. With a little planning, you can protect your family from the many hazards of winter weather on the road and at home.


Prepare for Winter on the Road

  • Pack extra blankets, gloves, hats and scarves to help keep warm in the event of a breakdown.
  • Keep a stocked first aid kit; this way you'll be prepared for any injuries.
  • Keep a windshield brush and scraper in your car at all times for brushing off any ice or snow in the morning after work or as you need it throughout the day.
  • Put a snow shovel in your car to dig out snow if your vehicle gets stuck.
  • Make sure you have salt and sand in your trunk. Both are helpful when a vehicle is having trouble gaining traction or ice needs to be melted.
  • Store plenty of food and water in the event you must wait for additional support or relief. Be sure to have enough for all passengers.
  • Drive with caution and obey all speed limits and traffic signals. Tune into your local news source to determine the conditions of the roads before departing.


Prepare Your Home for Winter

If you don’t have to drive during inclement winter weather, consider remaining home. Here are a few items that we recommend you keep around the house so that you're prepared for a winter storm:

  • Lay salt and sand on driveways and walkways before and after it snows to prevent slipping and facilitate ice melting.
  • Keep flashlights, candles, matches and a battery-powered radio in an easy-to-reach location so you’re prepared in the event of a power outage.
  • Use a snow blower to help clear walkways and driveways.
  • Shovel a couple inches of snow from driveways or sidewalks and repeat a couple of times instead of waiting for a deep snow to accumulate.
  • Stock pantries with grocery staples and a few extra treats to help pass the time and prevent cabin fever.
  • Avoid costly roof damage with a Telescoping Roof Rake. Using a roof rake is the best way to safely and easily remove heavy winter precipitation and prevent roof damage.