winter safetyMother Nature can be very unpredictable. If you live in New England you know all too well that it is important make winter safety a priority and to be prepared as we head into the winter months. The residents of Buffalo, NY now know that harsh weather can hit at a moment’s notice and without any warning. The lake-effect weather is expected to dump 8 feet of snow in some areas and has already claimed a few lives.

While there is most likely no way to be fully prepared for 8 feet of snow, there are certain precautions you can take to be prepared for harsh and unexpected weather and practice winter safety:

  • To be prepared before a storm hits, create a winter safety kit that includes the following: rock salt, sand, shovels, a form of heating fuel (full oil tank, seasoned fire wood, etc.), flashlights, batteries, and proper clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Have fresh drinking water and plenty of food available.
  • Avoid travel if a storm is predicted until it makes its way through your location.
  • Bring all pets inside and have adequate food and water available for them.
  • Winterize your home by updating the insulation and installing energy efficient windows.
  • Make sure everything is working properly on your vehicle before the extreme cold hits: check antifreeze levels, battery, brakes, heater, defroster, lights, oil, windshield wipers and fluid, and be sure to have proper winter tires. Also, check tire pressure regularly because the cold air deflates them quicker.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes: a snow brush, shovel, flashlight, extra batteries, water, snacks, hats, gloves, blankets, first aid kit, salt, flares, and jumper cables.

By practicing these few winter safety recommendations, you and your family will be better prepared for what the unpredictable New England winter will certainly bring.