Winter is rapidly approaching in many parts of the world. With recent weather fluctuations, it can be difficult to determine just how good or bad of a winter we will have in any given year. This is can make preparing for the seasonal change a bit confusing, because you do not want to splurge on supplies that you may not need. At the same time, you do not want to be under prepared in the event that the winter is brutal and a blizzard warning sends guests into frenzy and clears store shelves. To be adequately prepared for winter, it does not require spending a lot of money. Most of the time, as long as you have the essentials on hand; you will be able to survive a winter storm, no matter how brutal.
Stocking up on Supplies
While it is important to have the basic food items on hand – such as water, canned goods as well as flashlights and candles, this article focuses more on what you should have on hand to help control the snow around your home.
· Salt – Having salt and a de-icing material around is a smart move. Once the snow begins to melt, the cold weather will turn the meltted snow into ice, which will make navigating around your home dangerous. If you are older or disabled, it adds a double threat. Always be prepared through the winter with a couple bags of salt.
· Shovels – In order to remove snow from your driveway, sidewalk or porch, you will need to have a heavy-duty shovel on hand. Choose one that is easy for you to work with and is made of quality material. A shovel that is too heavy will be hard for you to operate and will put more strain on your body. One that is made of cheap materials will likely break halfway through the job and leave you exasperated. If you have a very long driveway, it is a good idea to invest in a snow thrower to make your job easier. They can be costly at first, but they usually offset themselves within the first two years of owning one.
Other items that you will want to have on hand include sand – a simple bag or two will do – in case you have trouble getting your car out of the driveway. In addition, ice scrapers should always be kept handy. With these essential tools, cleaning up after a storm will be a breeze.