The threat of a big winter storm is often a cause of anxiety for parents and caregivers. Having young children to keep occupied and in good spirits can make a winter storm even more challenging. Create a plan or checklist you can turn to when the weather report starts warning of a snowstorm. Here are seven things you may need to do.

Check you supplies

  • Make sure you have a snow shovel and ice melt to keep walkways clear and safe. 
  • Check that you have sufficient heating fuel for your home and fuel for your generator, if you have one. 
  • If you will be using a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you should have a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. 
  • Have warm clothing and blankets on hand, and stock non-perishable food items and necessary medications to last you and your family for several days.

Get ready for a power outage

  • Turn your heat up now, and close off any rooms that are not in use.
  • Check pipe insulation, and if you lose power, allow water to run at a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing. 
  • Charge your battery-powered electronic and communications devices. 
  • Keep a battery-powered radio on hand to stay aware of changing weather conditions. 
  • Get out your flashlights, batteries, first aid kit and other emergency supplies.

Stay warm and safe

  • If you start a wood-burning fire, follow all fireplace or woodstove safety precautions.
  • Do not use an oven or a range as a home heating device. 
  • If you have a generator, only use it outside, where there is sufficient ventilation. 
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they work properly. 
  • Do not let candles burn unattended, and keep them away from combustibles. Battery-powered LED lights are a safe, energy-efficient alternative to traditional candles. 
  • If you have an ice dam prevention system, turn it on before the snow starts to fall.

Stay inside and safe

  • Drive only if you absolutely must, and be sure your car is outfitted with snow tires and has adequate fuel and an emergency supply kit.
  • If you go outside to shovel snow, know your limits and try not to overtax yourself. 
  • Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing layers of warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Keep your pets inside, or make other suitable arrangements for them.

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