What supplies should I keep on hand to be prepared for winter storms?

Blackouts and snow-ins can occur during winter months, so take a few minutes to make sure you are prepared for winter weather emergencies. Here's a list of the items you should have on hand in your home:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries (check them periodically to make sure they haven’t expired)
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Blankets (put some in your car as well along with hats and gloves)
  • Phone numbers for your utility companies
  • Battery backup to protect your computer and other important electronic equipment
  • First-aid kit

Always keep extra blankets, hats and gloves in your car in case you get stranded, as well as radiator fluid. And we recommend keeping a shovel in your car in case you need to dig yourself out somewhere. Smaller, compact designs and fold-up shovels exist for easy portability.

If a blizzard is headed your way, check your ice melt and snow blower fuel supplies to make sure you have enough to outlast the storm.

Consider getting a pair of ice cleats. Though many people are not familiar with this item, they can be very useful and increase your safety while performing outdoor maintenance in the winter. Ice cleats attach to shoes or boots and offer extra traction in slick icy weather.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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