As the snowy months approach, start preparing for days when you might be snowed in or have to deal with the effects of snowy weather. Here are six of the best tips for getting ready for a winter snowstorm!
1. Stock Up on Candles, Lanterns, & Batteries
If the power goes out during a snowstorm, it’s hard to know when it will come back on. Prepare for long periods of no power with a supply of candles, lanterns, matches, and extra batteries to illuminate your house.
2. Store a Bag of Salt for Melting Snow & Ice
Even after shoveling your driveway and walkways, the cold weather and precipitation can create a sheet of ice that can make leaving your home dangerous. Keep a bag of salt in your basement for melting ice and snow.
3. Buy a Shovel–or Two!
Get your shovels now before your local stores run out! You never know when you might need to dig your car out of the snow after a big snowstorm. It’s best to buy one or two durable shovels so you always have a backup in case one breaks.
4. Load Your Kitchen with Non-Perishable Foods & Bottled Water
If you’re snowed in during a blizzard, make sure you have enough food in your house until you’re able to safely go to the grocery store. Before a predicted snowstorm, buy enough non-perishable foods, such as canned goods, pasta, rice, and frozen vegetables that will last you and your family a few days. While you’re at it, stock up on bottled water in case your pipes freeze.
5. Assemble a First-Aid Kit
In case of an injury, make sure you have first-aid kit in your house that has basic supplies such as antibiotics, ibuprofen, Bandaids, and gauze. If you have daily medications, refill your prescriptions a few days before you run out so that you always have enough to last you through a snowstorm.
6. Bring Out the Board Games
Playing board games is a great way to pass the time when you’re stuck inside. Buy a new board game or bring out a few family favorites to stay entertained and distracted from the chaotic weather outside. If you live alone, there are plenty of fun card games that only require one player!