This week will bring us the coldest temperatures we have witnessed in the last two years. With temperatures plummeting below freezing it is very important that you take some cold weather precautions.
It is always a good idea to keep things such as a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables and flares in your car, but there are some little extras that you should add, especially in the cold and snowy months. As the temperature starts to fall you should put a small shovel in your trunk (good for removing snow from around your tires if necessary), hand warmers are also useful if you have to check under your hood for anything or will be outside for an extended period of time. The last thing you should have with you, if you are hitting the road during these freezing times, is extra winter clothes and blankets; you never know when you will need them.
With winter upon us there are also a few things you can do around your house that can help keep you warm when the temperature dips below freezing. 10% to 25% of a home’s heat escapes through its windows, plastic film (applied with double sided tape and sealed with a blow dryer) can allow a room to retain up to 55% of its heat. Investing in a space heater is another way to save money while still keeping your home nice and warm, but remember, never use a space heater when you’re sleeping. An electric blanket is also another relatively cheap investment that can help you keep warm during the harsh winter.
When then temperature drops you should also remember there are some cold weather precautions that need to be taken for your four-legged friends. Pets can get frostbite on their ears, tails and paws so it is very important that they only stay outside for a limited time. Pets, as well as people, still need exercise during the winter but rock salt and other products thrown on the sidewalk can irritate your pets’ paws, so make sure to wipe their feet after sometime outdoors. Cats have a tendency to curl up next to anything to keep them warm during the winter, so make sure to check under your car before you start it and make sure the coast is clear.
Though these are the coldest temps we have seen in years and we aren’t out of the clear yet there are some things that can make winter a little more bearable in certain situations. Keep bundled and remember…there are only 57 days left until spring. From all of us here at Service Specialties II, Inc. we hope you stay warm and take care.