The coming of winter each year can bring extreme cold weather, large amounts of snowfall and an increased risk of danger when traveling outside of the home or driving. There are some ways to prepare for these months to avoid disastrous consequences.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted, individuals need to stay aware of the weather forecasts each day. Stockpiles of firewood, food and emergency supplies should be assembled prior to the advent of winter.
Older individuals need to realize that it becomes harder to gauge the change in temperature once a certain age is reached, and this necessitates having an easy-to-read thermometer in a home so that the heat can be adjusted accordingly, the government organization reported.
The CDC reported that people should also try to insulate their doors and windows to prevent heat loss and the entry of cold air into a residence.
According to Ready.gov, individuals should remain in contact with their neighbors, shovels should be readily available, and sand and rock salt should be constantly used on walkways and driveways.