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Quick tips for staying safe during a blizzard

Another big snow day has arrived in Chicago, bringing with it freezing temperatures and as much as a foot of fresh powder.

If you happen to be stuck by the winter weather, here are a few precautionary measures to keep safe:

Get your car ready for the winter

  • Take your vehicle to a mechanic to be thoroughly checked
  • Always have a full tank of gas
  • Keep an emergency case in your car at all times

Insulate your house for the winter

  • Install storm windows or cover windows from the inside to keep the cold air out
  • Inspect and clean your heating equipment and chimneys
  • Use alternative heating methods (electric blankets, coal / wood-burning stoves) with adequate ventilation
  • Set your temperature to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit even if you are going away for a few days
  • Keep handy tools and various supplies to secure your home (including amble food and water)

Essentials for an emergency case

  • warm blanket, cotton towel, paper towels, wet naps or towelettes
  • extra boots, gloves, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants and other warm clothes
  • food and water (non-perishable, easy to prepare items)
  • battery-powered radio, extra batteries, cell phone charger
  • ice scraper, small shovel, flashlight, matches
  • windshield washer fluid and extra wipers
  • flares, jumper cables, a tool kit or multi-purpose tool
  • tire chains, a tire gauge, a spare tire (with air in it), tire-changing equipment
  • bag of sand, salt, rock or non-clumping kitty litter (anti-slip items)
  • first-aid kit with all necessary components such as medications, band-aids, bandages, gauze sponges, squares, bandages, tape, space blanket, cold packs, medical exam gloves, scissors, acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), aspirin, tweezers, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, syringes, sanitation and personal hygiene items, etc.

Also, you may consider including copies of pertinent medical information, insurance policies, emergency contact information, extra cash, baby supplies (such as bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, etc.) and pet supplies (such as collar, leash, food, pet carrier, bowl, etc.)

Be safe and stay safe!