New England deals with big snow storms and blizzards that bring us the sweet winter wonderlands we all enjoy. Although we enjoy making snowman and snow angels in the snow, it is always important to be cautious about the dangers that the snow can also bring to your home or business. Here are a few tips to help make your winter a safe wonderland:
- Space Heaters: Easy to keep you warm wherever you go whether you’re at home or working in your office, however it is important to remember to never leave them plugged in or left on when no one is in the room. Avoid using extension cords to power your heater, always make the best effort to plug them directly to a wall outlet. Using an extension cord can increase the possibility of the cord melting or even starting a fire.
- During winter storms, always make sure to have backup shovels in the trunk of your care in case you need to quickly shovel out snow to make your commute easier. Also, make sure to purchase rock salt or sand crystals to melt the ice on sidewalks and driveways. At times, when our tires can get stuck on ice or on giant slushes of snow, the best solution is to get lots of salt or sand all around the stuck tire to make it easier.
- Driving during snow and ice can be difficult, especially during hazardous conditions with temperatures below -20. Besides making sure your vehicle is in good condition and serviced regularly, double check on the heaters and windshield defroster, brakes and the brake fluid, emergency lights, etc.
- Always maintain your gas tank above half a tank, in case of a chance you are stranded on the side of a highway, you are still able to have your vehicle on to keep warm.
For more tips, check out this checklist on preparations to do. Being safe in the snow makes your winter just a little easier and provides you the chance to enjoy holiday shoppings and plenty of snowball fights.