Winter Weather Maintenance Tips
Winter is here to stay for a few more months, and that means we can expect some inclement weather and below freezing temperatures. It's important to take precautions in advance to prevent injury and ensure safety during possible winter storms or icy conditions.
You'll want to make sure to have an emergency plan and supplies in your home and at the ready. Keeping additional stock of flashlights, batteries and cold weather gear like boots, heavy coats, snow shovels and salt will go a long way to help you and your family stay comfortable should weather conditions turn dangerous.
If you haven't prepared an emergency kit, or you're new to the area and our winter conditions, here are several winter weather maintenance tips we recommend. As always, if you have further questions, feel free to call or stop by our office any time, and we are happy to help you get prepared for any season in Coastal Virginia.
- Prepare an Emergency Kit with flashlights, extra batteries, warm blankets, bottled water, non-perishable food, medicine, cell phone charger, battery operated radio and any other items that you know you will require.
- Prepare your vehicle and have it serviced. Before cold weather hits hard, take your vehicle in for an oil change, a tire and brakes check, and ask your mechanic to give your car a good lookover. Once your vehicle is in good condition, stock supplies that you'll need should bad weather hit, including an ice scraper, tow rope, bag of sand or cat littler, anti-freeze, can of compressed air or sealant for tire repair and a tool kit.
- Dress Appropriately. In frigid temperatures, the risk for frostbite or illness rises, and it is important to dress appropriately when heading out in dangerous conditions. Make sure to keep a pair of weather proof boots with good traction handy to help your feet stay warm and dry, and to prevent from falling on ice. When headed out on icy days, dress in layers and wear waterproof, protective coats and gloves (especially if you plan to shovel or scrape snow and ice). Cover your head with a warm hat, and keep as much of your face covered as possible.
- Look out for your pets. If you have pets who need to spend some portion of time outdoors each day, plan for their protection and safety as well. Purchase waterproof jackets/sweaters to keep them warm, and try to avoid letting your pup walk on salted sidewalks, as the salt can be damaging to their paws. Keep anti-freeze locked up and well out of reach of your pets, and make sure to keep your pets hydrated with lots of fresh water. Keep their medications stocked, and try to keep them indoors and out of bad weather conditons as much as possible.
- Don't drive unless you have to. If you can avoid the roads when bad weather hits, we recommend you do so. In the event that you have to leave your home, use extreme caution while driving. Make sure to remove all snow and ice off the hood and back of your car, scrape your windshield completely, and use main roads that have been effectively serviced. Take your time, and drive defensively, as there may be inexperienced drivers on the roads, even in icy conditions.
Learn additional tips on winter preparedness at www.readyvirginia.gov.
Filed Under: Life in Hampton, VA
Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA.
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