Living in a climate that gets the real four seasons can be magical. Not many people get to wake up to their trees covered in snow and dramatic icicles on their windows. But, as anyone who lives in a colder climate knows, sometimes the stormy season can be frightening.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind during snow and ice season.
Have Your Thermostat Checked
Your thermostat will likely get a lot of use during the snowy season. Have a professional inspect your heating system before you put it into overdrive. You want to make sure there are no loose wires or any issues that could cause a fire.
Set Fireplace Safety Rules
If you plan on building a lot of fires, go over some ground rules for the home. Parents should never leave their children unattended by the fireplace. There shouldn’t be anything within at least ten feet of the flame. Be aware of extra-long curtains that can fly towards the fire if a window is open. Never let a fire burn out on its own: put it out completely before leaving it unattended for the night.
Put Motion Sensor Lights Over Walkways
Ice is difficult to see in broad daylight and even harder to see at night. Set up your motion sensor lights over all walking pathways around and leading up to your property. These will allow people to see if there is ice on the ground before stepping onto it.
Have a Plan for a Power Outage
If your town gets hit by severe storms, then you may experience some power outages. Have plans in place. Have flashlights with working batteries and make sure everyone knows where these are. Purchase thermal blankets for your family. Keep canned and non-perishable food in your home in case the roads are too dangerous for you to travel to a store (and if stores are closed due to the power outage).
Keep Cell Phones Charged at all Times
If there is a power outage, the roads are too dangerous to drive on, and someone in your home is injured, you need a way to call an ambulance. EMTs can find a way to you even if you can’t find a way to them. Make sure your cell phone is always charged during a storm, in case your landline loses power.
Always Check the Weather Conditions Before Driving
Never get on the road before checking the weather. Your home-automated security system can alert you to severe weather conditions. You do not want to get stuck in a blizzard with no way to get to food, water or warmth.
Don’t Let Your Kids Jump in Piles of Snow
There is no knowing what is inside of those piles. There could be sharp objects or animals. On that same note, only allow your children to sled on designated sledding slopes. Snow hills around your home may just be thin sheets of snow over dangerous and sharp fallen trees.
Maintain Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Increasing the use of your thermostat can increase your chances of a carbon monoxide leak. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector has full batteries. Your smoke detector should also have full batteries since you’ll be using your fireplace, and probably other fire hazards like crock pots and kettles.
Invest In a Battery-Powered Heating Source
Make sure you have a battery-powered heating source in case your power goes out, and you cannot safely drive somewhere that does have power.
A winter wonderland can suddenly turn into a scary place if you aren’t prepared for severe weather conditions and power outages.