Who doesn’t love a snowy winter day filled with snow angels, warm cups of cocoa and cozy nights by the fireplace? But those of you who’ve ever been stuck in the middle of a blizzard know that there really can be too much of a good thing! So make sure you’re prepared for when these serious winter storms blow into town with our blizzard survival safety tips:
1. Stay inside! Blizzard survival is all about staying safe and warm. That means seeking shelter and staying there until the dangerous conditions have passed. If you’re outside during a blizzard you run a very real risk of suffering from frostbite and/or hypothermia. And even if you are sufficiently bundled up to hold off these dangers, you’re still not out of the woods yet. Very low visibility and icy roads make for treacherous driving conditions. It’s also very easy to get lost in a total white-out or big snow drifts, whether you’re in your car or on foot.
2. Keep heating options open. Downed power lines are common during severe weather so it’s important to have a back-up plan to stay warm when the electricity is out. If you have a wood burning or gas fireplace you’re in luck. Just be sure to always have all of the necessary fireplace accessories on hand in preparation for blizzard conditions. Kerosene heaters and generators are also great heating alternatives. Just be sure to maintain proper ventilation when in use and keep pets and children away.
3. Keep that warm air in. Now that you’ve gotten your space nice and toasty, don’t let all your hard work go to waste! Make sure that you stop warm air from leaking out and cold air from creeping in by using proper insulation for all doors and windows. Attic insulation can also be a big help in protecting your home from the cold. It may also be a good idea to stick to one room as much as possible during the storm. It’s much easier to keep one room warm than it is the whole house.
4. Digging out after the storm. Another very important part of preparing for a blizzard is to be ready for the after effects. Snow and ice covered walkways, driveways, sidewalks, etc. come with the winter storm territory and being armed with salt, shovels, snow blowers and other snow removal equipment can ensure the safety of you, your family and your neighbors.
5. Winter weather emergency kits. Blizzard safety is all about being ready for what’s to come and nothing makes you feel as prepared as having an emergency kit handy. Think of it as the most important kind of care package for you and your family to ensure blizzard survival. Every kit should have a few days worth of water and non-perishable foods, flashlights, candles, batteries, matches, a battery-operated radio, blanket and necessary prescription and over-the-counter medications.
A different kind of emergency kit will also be useful during blizzards. This type of kit will protect you from the dangers of going stir-crazy by being cooped up in the house for so long! Be sure to have fun, kid-friendly activities on hand like arts and crafts, a deck of cards and board games to keep everyone entertained until things get back to normal.
Be sure to visit homedepot.com and our Everything For Winter page for even more safety tips to help you get through blizzards and other severe weather conditions.