Even after witnessing many winter storms, most people in the United States are still clueless about how to prepare for a winter storm and what precautions to take during a winter storm. The heavy snowfall, the freezing rain and the strong winds can easily disrupt our lives to a large extent and cause much damage to life and property just because we don’t know what to do. Here are some tips which can help us understand what we should do during a winter storm:
* Keep tuned into the weather report during a winter storm
Keep yourself updated on the weather report. Make sure that you stay indoors if the weather condition is not fit for driving. Stay indoors until it is safe to go outside. If you are outside and a winter storm is expected, try and find a shelter as soon as possible.
* Stay in touch with your family during a winter storm
A winter storm can hit suddenly. If this is the situation, then make sure to contact all your family members to make sure that they are safe. If they are stuck outside, suggest they find a shelter as soon as possible.
* Cover yourself during a winter storm
The freezing cold weather can do a lot of harm to our body. Make sure that you put on extra layers of loose-fitting and light-weight clothing. Wrap yourself up in a warm blanket. Pay special attention to your head, feet and hands. Make sure that they are not exposed to the extreme cold condition. Wear a warm cap on your head, warm socks and boots for your feet and mittens for your hands.
* Conserve fuel during a winter storm
Conserve as much fuel as you possibly can. You never know how long the winter storm is going to continue. Stay in one room. Shut off the heat supply to the other rooms.
* Cover your mouth during a winter storm
If you are outdoors, make sure to cover your mouth with a cloth. This will protect the cold air from getting into your lungs. Extreme cold air can cause damage to your lungs and lead to breathing difficulties.
* Stay dry during a winter storm
If you get wet, remove the wet clothing immediately and get into something dry. This will help prevent loss of body heat and help you keep warm.
* Keep moving during a winter storm
Prevent your fingers and toes from getting numb by wiggling them. This will help improve blood circulation and keep them warm. However, make sure that you don’t overexert yourself.
* Stay inside the vehicle during a winter storm
If you are in the car, stay on main roads. If visibility deteriorates and the weather gets worse, pull off to the side of the road and stay inside the car. Look for shelter. If there is a shelter nearby, proceed on foot.
Keeping these tips in mind can help you be better prepared during a winter storm. Make sure that you teach your family members, especially your children the basics of what to do during one. Being adequately prepared and knowing exactly what to do during a winter storm can help us prevent the damage which they can cause to our health and life.