The snow has finally hit us – while it’s not a terrific amount, it is still enough to bring you a few reminders about staying safe during winter weather, no matter how minimal the snow may seem.
Now’s the best time to check your supplies for taking care of the ice and snow that winter weather brings. Check out not only the amount of shovels and ice scrapers that you have, but also their condition. A broken shovel or worn out ice scraper won’t do the job that you need. In addition, don’t forget about checking your car for various supplies to keep your and your family safe in the winter. Toss a few blankets, bottles of water and nonperishable snacks in the car in the event of an accident or breakdown, so that everyone is safe and warm.
Temperature in the Home
The temperature in your home needs to stay consistent in order to avoid the risk of freezing pipes. You can keep it at a temperature that you are comfortable at, but keep a close eye on the thermometer, if you see drastic drops in the temperature; figure out why it is occurring fast otherwise your pipes could freeze rather quickly.
Sometimes it is not your furnace that is causing the temperature drop in your home – there could be drafts around your windows and doors that are letting the bitter cold air in. Take a quick assessment of all of the windows and doors in your home. If you feel cold air drafts, use weather stripping or caulking to get rid of the draft and increase the temperature in your home.
Sidewalks and Stairs
Don’t forget about the sidewalks and stairs on the exterior of your home. The smallest amount of snow accumulation or ice could cause someone to slip and fall. Pay careful attention to any cracked concrete, as the ice can accumulate in there, making it even more dangerous to walk on. When you inspect your stairs, take a close look at the condition of the handrails, the warm and cold weather could cause them to become loose, putting everyone at risk for serious injury in the winter.
When you take winter safety both inside and outside your home seriously, you can keep your family members and visitors safe even on the coldest or snowiest days of the year.