Depending on where you live, the winter months can be very cold and they can be hazardous to your health. But, there are things that you can do to protect yourself and your family during the cold months. You can bundle up warm and you can do what you can to stay indoors.
That also means protecting your home, and even your vehicle, from the cold. There are a lot of things that people do each year to prepare for winter, and although this winter is already almost gone, you may want a refresher. It helps to double check your winter safety when you get a chance.
Dressing For The Outdoors
Cold weather can be pretty deceiving sometimes. It may not seem like it is as cold out as it really is, so you want to make sure you are bundling your little ones up good. That means warm socks, waterproof shoes, an actual winter jacket, hats, gloves, and scarves. Layers are useful, since they keep you, and the kids warm, and can easily be removed one by one if it warms up during the day.
Having A Warm Home
You, hopefully, winterized your home before the cold weather hit. While warmer states don’t have to worry as much about prepping for freezing temperatures, cold weather can strike anywhere at any time. You may want to recheck your home once in awhile during the winter months, just to keep things in check.
That means checking your pipes, to make sure they don’t freeze. If you are expecting some extra cold weather, try some heat tape on your pipes. You may also want to check on your heater, and have a radon detector in your home as well. Radon testing can save lives, so make sure to get a detector installed to protect yourself and your family!
Winter Vehicle Safety
Your entire family rides in your vehicle, so winter vehicle safety is just as important to their safety. While you don’t have the constant snow and ice on the ground in some areas, you still should get your vehicle winterized to keep it running well when the cold does strike. You may also want to have new wipers put on for winter.
Vehicle safety also means having a first aid kit in your car, and you may want to have some extra warm clothes and some snacks and water just in case you do end up stuck somewhere because of bad weather. If you’re lucky enough to be driving somewhere with a lot of snow you may want to have some kitty litter and a shovel in your vehicle, which will help you get unstuck.
Winter can be tolerated, and at least it’s only a few months out of the year. Be prepared and it will be gone before you even notice it was here.