Being Prepared for Winter
As we get into the winter season, it is a good idea to be prepared for anything that can happen. When traveling, carrying an emergency travel kit is a great way to protect you and your family in the event your car breaks down or you are stranded. Here are some items to carry:
- Jumper cables to restart engine
- Cat litter or sand for tire traction on snow and ice
- Shovel to scrape snow away from tires
- Ice scraper to clear windshield
- Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, warm jacket and even a change of clothes
- Blankets to keep warm inside the vehicle
- Flashlights and extra batteries for increased visibility
- First aid kit for minor injuries and remember to pack necessary medications in case you are stuck on the road
- Pack food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars, also canned fruit and a portable can opener are good additions
- Bring enough water for each person in your car and any pets
- AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
When staying at hotels or motels, remember to check for smoke alarms and exits. This is especially true if you are in a building that has more than one floor. If you are staying with family or friends, know how to get out of the house. Remember, everything looks different in the dark.
Candles come in a variety of colors and smells while providing a festive ambiance and delightful fragrance, however, they are an open flame and a fire hazard.
Finally, take a moment to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries if you haven’t already done so this year.