A Shopping Guide for Winter Preparation
With winter upon us, it’s time to consider what shopping you need to do for the season. It’s best to prepare for winter before it arrives and to do your shopping well in advance of the season, so you are not trying to find what you need at the last minute. Preparing now before winter storms arrive will also mean staying safe and comfortable and protecting your home and family this season.
A good generator can be a must-have for homes; this can keep the power going when there is an outage. Most homes can run on small generators you keep in the basement. They can give you hours of power during a blackout and run your furnace and hot water heater as well as your refrigerator, so your family is kept warm and your food doesn’t spoil. Having a generator can also allow you to work the stove when the power fails.
Salt is used in many areas to melt snow and ice from sidewalks and steps. Keep plenty of bags on hand along with some sort of scoop to scatter it easily. A snow shovel and broom or a snow blower are also needed to keep paths clear. The time to buy these is now and not before the snow starts to fall!
For your car, a portable battery generator can be a lifesaver when you find yourself with a dead battery on a cold morning. This type of generator will charge your battery so you can start your car, and it’s much more affordable than calling a mechanic or tow truck to perform this service for you. Check your car’s defroster for the windows. If yours doesn’t work so well, you can purchase a portable defroster that plugs into your cigarette lighter and which easily melts condensation and snow on the window.
Have a safety kit on hand for snowstorms that knock out power for days or that close the roads. Extra blankets, candles, matches, food that doesn’t need to be cooked, extra medication, and bottled water are necessities during these times. It’s also good to have extra pet food and water for your pets in case of a storm that closes the roads. Have a good supply of soap, shampoo, and toothpaste on hand during the winter as well, so you don’t run out right as a storm hits.
Check your family for boots, hats, gloves and scarves. Children may have outgrown last year’s boots and yours may be outdated and out of style. You may also be missing your gloves or scarf that you wore last year and may need to replace these items.
These things will help you to be safe and to be comfortable and secure during the long winter months this season.