OSEA Safety Blog

Snowstorm Safety

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Ariana Naumovski

If you’re a New Yorker, you’re used to the seemingly endless winters. We’ve been lucky so far this season to have a mild winter but it’s only the beginning. Although many of us are lifelong residents of this snowy state, we may not always be prepared for the snowstorms that sometimes creep up on us unexpectedly.

“By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Therefore, it’s best to be prepared before a snowstorm hits because it’s not always very easy to leave your home with multiple feet of snow blocking you in. Consider stocking up on necessities to make your snow days easier such as:

It’s great to keep your snowstorm necessities on hand, but it’s equally important to prepare your home for the extreme snow and cold weather to prevent damage. Do so by:

  • Keeping your faucets on with a slow drip to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Cleaning fireplaces & stoves to prevent fires
  • Charging all electrical devices & limit use for emergencies
  • Pre-salting your driveway & walkways
  • Making sure all generators are outside & away from the house
  • Insulating/weather-stripping doors & windows
  • Turning up the heat in your house

If there are any snowstorm warnings, it’s best to stay off the road as much as possible. And when it’s absolutely necessary that you drive through snowy conditions, make sure to have these few ideas ready:

  • Have emergency first-aid supplies available
  • Keep water bottles and snacks with you
  • Keep a blanket on-hand
  • Make sure your gas tank is always full
  • Avoid back roads as much as possible; they’re usually the last to get plowed.
  • Stay back! Keep a sizable distance between you and the vehicle in front.

Snowstorms aren’t the most convenient, but they are inevitable. So, make the most out of snowstorms and enjoy your time being snowed in. The better prepared we are, the less stressful it will be while waiting for the storm to pass!




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