Winter storms are in full swing all over the country. With these storms come snow days, power outages and messy commutes to work. Snow and ice can cause all sorts of chaos, but preparing ahead of time can keep you and your family safe during the winter months. Outsmart Jack Frost this winter with some tips to get your home and car ready for a winter storm.
Winter Salting System
Many people wait until a storm is in the forecast before running to the store and grabbing the necessities. While this may work sometimes, often it can leave us without the essentials. This is why it is important to be prepared well in advance. Even despite your best efforts shoveling, ice will undoubtedly form on driveways and sidewalks during a winter storm. Slippery walkways are simply unavoidable. It is crucial to always have rock salt or ice melt on hand and a system for storing it.
Sterilite’s 6.6 Gallon StepOn Wastebasket
is the ideal storage solution for your winter salt. Its compact size is perfect to fit in those small spaces in your garage, mudroom or shed. The lid closes tightly to keep out snow and rain, while the step-on feature offers a hands-off solution so your salt is easily accessible. This wastebasket accommodates a standard bag of salt so you will never have a half-empty bag laying around. It is helpful to keep a scoop of some sort in the wastebasket to spread the salt on the day of the storm. Our Measuring Cup
works great for this. However, sometimes you need more than just a scoop to spread the salt, especially if you are trying to salt other areas, like the front walkway or the back steps. Try using our Ultra•Seal™ 16 Cup Dry Food Container
to avoid walking back and forth. Fill up the container once, and hit all of the icy spots around the yard. This container also has a comfortable grip for carrying, even when wearing winter gloves.
Winter Car Kit
Winter weather can cause havoc on the roads, so it is essential to have a winter supply box in your car. This is one of the most important things you can do for your car and for your personal safety during a snowstorm. Having a box full of winter supplies in your trunk can make all the difference if something goes wrong while traveling on a cold winter day. Here is a quick list of items you should include in that box:
- Ice scraper
- Packable shovel
- Jumper cables
- Sand or kitty litter (for traction)
- Windshield washer fluid
- First aid kit
- Traffic cones
- Warm blanket
The Sterilite 12 Gallon Latch and Carry
is ideal for packing your Winter Supply Box. Each family member can make a box to put in their cars during the winter months and then stack them in the garage during the summer. Don't forget to restock them at the start of the winter season.
A few other things to remember during the cold weather – check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels. Antifreeze is the magical substance that keeps your engine coolant from freezing. Also, do not forget to check your tire pressure and tread depth. Good tires are the key to staying on the road during a storm. Use the "Lincoln test" to check your tire treads. Just insert a penny into your tire's tread with the top of Lincoln's head pointing inward toward the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, you should replace the tire before the snowstorm.
Winter storms can be a nuisance but for a well prepared home, they can be a time for family bonding and relaxation!