The scorching heat of summer will be gone in a few weeks, and the temperatures will soon drop with the onset of the fall season. Soon, the problems brought by summer, such as severe drought and wildfires, will be replaced by problems that are characteristic of cold weather.
The following tips can help you prepare for winter and to minimize problems that may arise out from winter conditions:
- Snow and ice – A heavy blanket of snow and ice could paralyze a whole region for days. Unless necessary, avoid driving on snowy or icy roads. Have tire chains ready in the car even if the weather is good, as snow may fall unexpectedly. Always carry a fully-charged cellphone, as this could be your lifeline in the event of an emergency. Dramatic snowfall can also cause power outages. Prepare your home for sustainability by ensuring you have an emergency diesel generator on hand.
- Brutal cold temperatures – Extreme cold can be dangerous and life threatening. Frostbite can result in the amputation of appendages, while hypothermia could cause death. These problems could be avoided by staying indoors when the temperature drops dangerously. If travel or going out cannot be avoided, make sure to wear layers of warm clothes. Use water repellent outerwear for added protection.
- Flooding – Winter floods occur due to swift storms or snowmelt on a warm day following snowfall. Do not drive into a flooded street, as you do not know the strength of the current. If your home is threatened by flood, be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Be ready with the important items needed for survival and be aware of possible evacuation areas.
- Strong winds – Strong winds that may exceed 100 mph accompany winter storms. Wind gusts are especially risky for high-profile vehicles. When strong wind is present while driving, make sure to keep a distance from trucks and buses as they could topple during wind gusts.
- Fog – Fog greatly reduces road visibility. Avoid driving in foggy conditions as poor visibility has often caused fatal road pile ups. If driving is unavoidable, make sure to leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. The extra space will give you time to react to road obstacles.
Cold temperatures and winter storms are hazardous. The best protection we could take is to plan ahead and prepare for all the possible hazards of winter weather such as heavy snow, brutal cold, strong wind, flooding, and fog. Being prepared for the winter hazards can save lives.