At this time of year it's good to make sure you're prepared in case you experience a power outage or are stranded due to bad weather. While living here in the Lower Mainland we tend not to see the harsh conditions that other parts of the province or country do, it's good to be prepared just in case. This is especially true if you drive or travel during the Winter months to regions that do experience harsher conditions.
Here are some tips to help you get prepared & be safe during the Winter:
- GET A GENERATOR- Have one on hand in case of power outages due to Winter weather
- KNOW HOW YOU’LL USE THE GENERATOR. Make sure you know how to install and run your generator; take it out of the box & read the manual so you know what to do if you need it. You may have to have an electrician install a transfer switch and hardwire it to your furnace to generate heat.
- BE SURE TO HAVE A FULL GAS CAN. This is good to have on hand in case of emergencies, especially if you live somehwere with harsh Winter conditions that makes driving a challenge.
- MORE GAS ADVICE: MAKE SURE YOUR CAR’S TANK IS FULL. This is important for several reasons: if you lose power, you’ll need your car to charge your phone. If you need to drive outside your region in an emergency or to find shelter, mostly likely local gas stations will be closed/ out of gas/ have long lines.
- GET A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR. Very important for the cold season when you're heating your home nad/ or if you need to use a generator. Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odorless gas, so a detector is necessary to determine if it is present.
- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A STOCKED FIRST AID KIT. This important for both the home and to keep in vehicles. Make sure you have necessary items in case of injury/ emergency.
- KEEP BOTTLES OF WATER ON HAND. This is important for basic emergancy preparedness. Make sure to keep some at home and in your vehicle.
- Do you travel during the holidays or do you like to stay close to home? We love to hear what othes do at this time of year!