Winter Safety Preparation

Winter Safety Preparation

With the ups and downs of New England weather it is a good idea to be prepared for anything during the winter.  The following list has safety items that could save your life if you get caught in unexpected winter weather.  We have been pretty lucky this year with weather events but we are in New England and anything can happen.

Prepare you Vehicle for Winter

Have your vehicle inspected.  Make sure your fluids are topped off, your tires are in good condition and depending on the vehicle your winter tires are installed.  Have your brakes checked and your wiper blades replaced.  Does your heat work?  Do your head and tail lights work?  Have appropriate repairs done before long trips or big storms.  That way your vehicle is performing at its best.

Emergency Items Worth Having on Hand

Carry certain safety items in the car.  If you get stuck in a snow storm you will be happy to have these items and they could save your life.

  • A First Aid Kit and necessary medication in case you are away from home for a prolonged time (this should be in your car year round)
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Spare winter clothes such as mittens, coats, socks, and hats
  • Plastic bags for sanitation
  • Dried fruit, nuts, and other high-energy foods
  • Bottled water for each person and pet in your car
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and FRESH extra batteries (cold weather drains batteries faster)
  • AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper with brush
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Brightly colored cloth (ideally red) to tie to the antenna or hang out a window

Top off the Tank

Make sure you keep your gas tank above half so you have plenty of gas if you get into an emergency situation.

And if your State calls a State of Emergency.  STAY OFF THE ROADS!  You will be in the way and prevent road crews from doing their jobs.

Happy and Safe travels!

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