Prepare for Winter Storms

The Weiss-Johnson Blog

As Canadians, we know how tricky the weather can be, particularly when it comes to winter storms. Here in Edmonton, our winters are longer, colder and have a tendency for extreme weather that could leave you in an uncomfortable situation.

We have a few tips to keep you organized and comfortable, as it’s never too early to start consider the upcoming unpredictable season and how to prepare your home for winter storms.

Get your emergency kit essentials rounded up and easily accessible in your home even without power. This includes:

  • Snow shovels that work well and you’re comfortable using.
  • Ice-melting agent for your drive and walkway (like rock salt).
  • Flashlights.
  • Candles.
  • Matches.
  • Alternate fuel sources like extra firewood for your fireplace and portable space heaters.
  • Extra blankets and clothing that is easy to layer.

*Remember that in the event of a power outage and loss of heat, sweating should be avoided as much as possible to avoid getting sick. Maintain a comfortable body temperature by adding and removing your clothing as needed.*

Keep your water running (even just a trickle) during storms. It can help prevent your pipes from freezing and causing serious damage.

Fires are significantly more common in winter storms due to alternate fuel sources. Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly.

Stock your first aid kit with:

  • Bandages
  • Medication
  • Compresses
  • Antiseptics, etc.

Keep your kit easily accessible. You can store it somewhere with extra batteries and a portable radio. You should also have fully charged portable battery packs for your cellphone in case of a longer power outage, so you can avoid losing your main method of communication.

Most importantly, consider what your family uniquely needs:

Every person should have a 3-day supply of both water and easy to prepare, non-perishable food. You may also need pet food and water, and baby formula and diapers.

Finally, ensure you maintain a full tank of gas in your car in case you do have to leave, and have each family member prepare a checklist of what they would need to bring in cases of emergency. Also have non-perishable food and blankets in your vehicle just in case.

Stay warm, Edmonton!

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