Winter storms can cause extreme temperature drops and bring with them large amounts of snowfall, freezing rain, and ice buildup, all of which can cause power failures, loss of communication services, and dangerous road conditions. That’s why, with storm season in full swing, it’s essential that you and your family are able to stay safe and keep warm. To minimize the risks brought by oncoming winter storms, here are some tips you can keep in mind to protect yourself and your family.
Stock Up on Essentials
When a blizzard hits, you can expect to spend a lot of time holed up indoors. Before a storm even appears on the forecast, your pantry should be stocked with plenty of water and non-perishable food so that if you lose power, you won’t have to worry about anything spoiling. It’s recommended that you have enough food on hand for at least three days.
Prepare for a Power Outage
Winter storms can wreak havoc on power lines, so it’s a good idea to have a portable power station standing by in case you lose power during a blizzard. With a capacity of 2096 watt-hours and an output power of 100—3000 watts, the Vanpowers Super Power Pro 2000 Portable Power Station can power a variety of home appliances, such as refrigerators, electric kettles, and space heaters, and keep phones and laptops charged for several days.
Get Your Car Ready for Hazardous Winter Weather
To prep for a storm on the go, pack an emergency kit for your car and get a winter tune-up. A snowstorm will make traffic move slower than usual, so drive cautiously and try to keep your gas tank at least mostly full at all times since you’ll be spending more time on the road.
Winterize Your Home
Installing weatherstripping around your doors and windows will keep heat inside and protect you from some of the dangers of a blizzard. If a storm knocks out your power, your home will be better able to retain heat and keep everybody warm until power is restored.
Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing
Keep in mind that pipes are vulnerable to freezing and breaking under extreme weather conditions. To help prevent this, let cold water drip from faucets connected to exposed pipes, because running water—even just a trickle—is less likely to freeze.
Blizzards and winter storms can be devastating, but preparing ahead of time is the best way to deal with them. We hope you find these tips helpful for protecting your home and car from blizzard damage this winter.