Cold Weather Tips for any Snow Storm
Cold Weather Tips for any Snow Storm. Its’ that time of year again and depending where you live in this world cold weather is a seasonal situation. Are you prepared for the worst case scenario? Frosty and Santa Claus prepare every year for the icy cold and windy circumstances. Here are a few things to keep in mind during this cold season.
Be prepared with a “survival kit” that should always remain in the car
Essential supplies include:
- Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
- First aid kit
- Exterior windshield cleaner
- Working flashlight and extra batteries
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container and a bic lighter
- Scissors and string/cord
- Candy, unsalted nuts, dried fruits
- A blanket
- A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
- A shovel
- Jumper cables
- Tow and tire chains
- A bag of salt rock
- Tool kit
- Drinking water in a thermal container
Stranded in cold weather
- You can run the engine and heater for about 15 minutes every hour. Check to see if you have enough gas before running your engine. Make sure your cars exhaust pipe is not blocked.
- Roll your windows down periodically to make sure ice doesn’t seal your car shut.
- Frostbite and hypothermia can develop quickly so use woolen items and blankets to keep warm.
- Do not under estimate the distance if you decide to leave your car. Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are. How far is it to get help? You need to know that you are not creating a situation that’s worse than your current position.
- Use your cell phone sparingly to save the battery.
Keep yourself safe from injury
- If you have heart trouble, do not shovel without a doctor’s permission.
- Do not shovel after eating or while smoking.
- Take it slow! Pace yourself. Be sure to stretch out and warm up before taking on the task.
- Shovel only fresh snow.
- Push the snow as you shovel.
- Do not pick up too much at once.
- Lift with your legs bent, not your back. Keep your back straight.
- Do not work to the point of exhaustion. If you run out of breath, take a break.
- Dress warmly.
One trip to your dealership or your repair garage of choice will solve this problem. Check everything below:
- antifreeze level and the freeze line
- ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts
- spark plugs
- air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve
- distributor cap
- Check your tires for air, sidewalls wear and tread depth
How to Keep Warm in Your Home
- Have your furnace inspected before cold weather arrives. Inspect the heat exchanger for cracks, install a clean air filter, and check the thermostat to see if it’s working properly.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed, except when windows are in direct sunlight.
- Put up storm windows, or install sheet plastic window insulation kits on the inside of windows.
- Cover or remove any window air conditioners.
- Insulate electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls with foam seals available at home centers.
- Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.
- Repair or replace weather stripping and thresholds around doors and windows.
- Run paddle ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air.
- Put draft snakes on window sills, between window frames, and against doors.
- Whatever fuel you use to heat your home make sure you have enough.
- Inspect chimneys and fireplaces annual before usage.
This concludes Cold Weather Tips for any Snow Storm.
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