When winter hits and cold temperatures sweep in, it is better to plan ahead to stay safe and healthy. We have some simple tips for you to have a safe winter season. Follow these tips and you will be able to face almost any weather that is sent your way.

Winter Vehicle Preparedness and Safety

Here are a few tips to winterize your car –

● Battery: Check your battery as power can drop quickly with declining temperatures
● Cooling System: Make sure the cooling system is working at its optimum level
● Winter Tires: Check the tread on your winter tires and put a deeper and flexible tread on your vehicle
● Tire Pressure: Examine the tire pressure as the pressure plunges quickly with a decrease in the temperature
● Wiper Blades: Inspect your wiper blades and buy new ones if required
● Gas Tank: Avoid your car’s fuel lines from freezing overnight by keeping your gas tank at least half full at all times

Emergency Preparedness
Emergencies can happen to anyone. So remember to keep your automobile’s emergency preparedness kit entirely stocked. Here are some of the supplies that you are recommended to have with you in wintertime –

● A flashlight and extra batteries
● Road flares
● Blankets, socks, and mittens
● Shelf-stable food
● Bottled water
● Ice scraper and snow brush
● Jumper cables
● First-aid kit
● Multi-tool
● Windshield cleaner

Home Safety & Maintenance For Winter

Read on to find out some crucial tips to keep your home warm and safe this winter –

● Inspect whether the power supply is in optimal condition
● Make sure that alternative heating sources are well-kept
● Keep a flashlight with extra batteries ready in case of power outages
● Take precautions while using generators, stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys

Fireplace Safety and Maintenance
Today, fireplaces have become quite common as a heating source in homes. And while fires in the fireplaces can be pretty enjoyable, to minimize fire hazards in your house, careful attention to safety is essential. Even though proper care, maintenance, and cleaning reduce the chances of a fire, it’s always wise to be prepared. To use fireplaces safely –

● Be sure the fireplace is installed properly
● Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every year
● Make sure you have a fire extinguisher at home, check it regularly and recharge or replace them if required
● Have the chimney inspected and cleaned annually
● Ensure proper care when removing and disposing of fireplace ash
● Use the right fireplace tools for handling burning logs
● Avoid using flammable liquids to accelerate a fire
● Keep a screen in front of the fireplace opening and flammable materials at a great distance from your fireplace mantel
● Ensure your fireplace fire is out before going to bed

Winter is the most wonderful time of the year, but you want to be able to keep safe, happy, and healthy throughout the season and by following these few helpful suggestions, you are on your way.

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