Ensure your safety and everyone who dwells in your homestead with these safety tips before, during, and after winter storm strikes. Be ready!
Winter Storm | Before, During, And After Safety Tips
A storm is one thing, a winter storm, that’s another topic altogether. Whenever it’s winter time, I see to it that myself and the entire homestead is prepared. You never know when a winter storm may hit, so better ready than sorry right? With that in mind, I want y’all to be ready as well. So check out this very impressive infographic from Petro and let this be your guide on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. Be informed about these safety facts and tips.
Winter Storm Safety Tips
1. Gather Supplies
- Several days supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Non-perishable food
- NOAA weather radio
- Fire extinguisher
- Rock salt
- Snow shovel or snow removal equipment
- Protect and insulate your home with storm windows.
- Check that your gutters are clear of leaves and debris to prevent flooding or ice dams.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed and working.
- Check heating fuel levels, and make sure that your heating equipment and chimney have been inspected. (This should be done annually.)
3. Prepare Your Vehicle
- Keep gas tank full and check the antifreeze level. You should also have an emergency kit stocked with essential supplies such as flashlight, water, snacks, extra hat, socks, gloves, first aid kit, rock salt, flares, shovel, and tire chains.
- Move the car.
Winter Weather “Watch” Vs “Warning”
According to the National Weather Service, a weather “watch” is issued when a weather event (like wind chill, a blizzard or storm) is likely to occur within 24 to 72 hours. Those in the watch area should prepare for these weather events and be alert about weather developments. A “warning” indicates hazardous weather is likely to occur within 24 hours and could pose a threat to people and property. People are generally advised to stay home or exercise extreme caution if leaving.
1. Stay Indoors
Stay informed of weather changes and travel only if necessary.
2. Power Outage
- If you own a generator, remember to practice generator safety. NEVER use generators in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas (even with ventilation.)
- If using candles, do not leave them unattended.
- As the temperature drops, make sure to bring your pets indoors or a warm sheltered area.
- They should have easy access to water and food.
How To Prevent Pipes From Freezing
To prevent your pipes from freezing, leave the water taps slightly open and keep sink doors open to allow warm air to circulate. In case of burst pipes, know where your water shut-off valve is and how to turn it off.
1. Exercise Caution
- Be aware of the conditions around you and exercise caution.
- Icy surfaces can be a problem whether you’re walking or driving.
- When performing physical tasks such as shoveling, it might help to warm up first. Work steadily and be aware of what you can physically handle, to make sure you do not overexert yourself.
- Do not continue with physical activity if you experience dizziness, nausea, excessive sweating or shortness of breath.
2. Stay Warm
- Protect yourself from hypothermia and frost bite by dressing in warm layers and keeping exposed areas covered.
Still want more winter storm safety tips to ensure your safety? Check out these winter weather safety tips straight from the American Red Cross:
It really pays to be ready! So my fellow homesteaders, also have a bag prepared with survival items according to the paramount weather expectations. Water, food, clothing and some form of shelter are absolutely vital, if not life-saving. Keep safe!
Do you feel more prepared for a winter storm knowing these tips? Let us know in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on February 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.