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Winter Safety Tips: Facing Winter Head-On

Updated on December 7, 2012
Stay safe in a winter storm...
Stay safe in a winter storm...

Tips To Live By

When winter arrives we sometimes are not fully ready for it. We are unprepared for what winter imparts on us. Winter is a season unlike Summer, you have to take winter head-on. With these winter safety tips you should be able to face winter with ease. Make sure your car is in tip-top shape. And ready for winter. Make sure all the fluids are properly maintained, that your battery is up-to-date, your tires are aired up as they should be. This information would be in your vehicle's manual. Windshield wipers should be new and not decaying. You should always have a full tank of gas. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road. Which brings me to my next winter tip.

If you have a cell phone, ALWAYS keep it charged. Keep a car charger in your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, you might want to think of getting one for emergency's only. A cell phone can come in handy when you least expect it too. With winter being unpredictable as it is, you will not be sorry having that cell phone. A winter safety tip that is very important, get into the habit of wearing a scarf and mittens. Wear a coat, I cannot tell you how many people I have seen wearing hoodies with no winter protection at all. You cannot catch a cold by not dressing warm, but you risk getting frostbite, or hypothermia if you become wet from snow or sleet.

Keep a bucket of salt and scooper by the door to keep the ice clear of steps and sidewalks. Toss the ice melt before leaving, and you are going to be much safer. Falling or slipping on the ice can lead to a horrible accident. Your mail delivery person will love you for it. Walking on ice or slippery surfaces can be full of danger if not extremely tricky. Having the proper winter footwear like boots, or shoes with traction are best. Walk like a penguin on the ice, feet pointing outward, arms pushed away from your side, take small shuffling steps.

Take care of your skin. Men and women both get dry skin in the winter months. One way to add moisture to the air is add a humidifier to your home. Keep your skin moisturized with body lotions or oils. Do not forget your lip balm. Lips tend to dry out pretty quickly in the cold, moisturize your lips. Not keeping your skin moisturized can lead to serious drying and cracking. These three winter tips will help keep skin moisturized.

You never know when you might break down...
You never know when you might break down...
Dress for the weather, coat, mittens, hat and scarf...
Dress for the weather, coat, mittens, hat and scarf...

Vehicle Emergency Kit

You can keep the emergency items inside your vehicle or in the trunk of your car. If you break down and become stranded you will have a vehicle emergency kit to depend on until you are able to get to safety.

Keep extra clothing in your car. Socks, mittens, or gloves and other outerwear that will keep you warm if the weather is bad.

A big bag of kitty litter, and a shovel if you get stuck in snow or ice you will be able to dig yourself out.

A working set of jumper cables, a flashlight/extra batteries, a blanket, hand warmers (popular at $1 stores) and deicer. Keep a can of deicer in the house so if your locks become frozen you are able to unstick them.

A small cooler with bottles of water. Energy bars, or your favorite non-perishable snack. The cooler you use for summer will do perfectly. It is a good idea to change out the snacks every so often. To maintain a freshness.

Taking care of yourself in winter doesn't have to be a chore, with the winter safety tips above, an emergency kit in your vehicle you should be ready for old man winter.


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      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you for SHARING. I appreciate your comment.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is all great and important advice and tips to be safe and sound when winter comes .

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you fucsia, I appreciate your comment. The car emergency kit is so important. You just never know.

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      7 years ago

      Your advice for safety are very important. To me those about car are particularly useful. Thank you. I will keep them in mind.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Hey Stephanie- Yeah I think you get way more snow than we do (Northern MI). Still have to be ready, you just never know. Thank you for stopping by :)

      Hi Minnetonka Twin-Thank you so much. The photo's are all mine. It was in the middle of a blizzard.

      Hi Tammy-Thank you for the nice comment. I lived in Florida for several years and remember some 80 degree Christmas Days. Here in MI we have alot of snow, so it will be a white Christmas indeed.

      Love all your great comments, thank you :)

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      Tammy L 

      7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      These are absolutely the best suggestions I've heard for preparing for winter. I'll keep them in mind when February gets here. Our (Texas) coldest month and usually the worst for winter weather is February. Last Christmas I saw something I had not seen on Christmas Day before...snow. December mornings around here start at 30 sometimes 40 degrees until noon when it becomes 60 or 70 degrees. I've seen December warm up to the 80s.

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      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      I think too many of us ignore taking good winter precautions. You did a really nice job including many important winter time suggestions. UP and USEFUL and AWESOME. Great pictures:)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      This is excellent advice! We used to live in the snow belt of New York State and can vouch for the importance of being prepared for snow and cold weather! We always kept extra clothes, hats, gloves and emergency shovel and kitty litter in the car -- and used them all at different times.


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