How to Prepare For and Weather a Winter Storm
Winter storms can be severe, lasting anywhere from a few hours to several days. They can include extreme cold, high winds, white-out snow conditions, freezing rain and icy roads. Storms can result in power outages, loss of communication and isolation. During a storm, there is a higher risk of frostbite and carbon monoxide poisoning at home. Winter security should include a security system and smart security cameras to help keep your home safe. Knowing how to ride out a winter storm is invaluable. Being prepared will help ensure you and your family will be safe.
Advance Storm Preparation:
• Always have water and non-perishable food items in your home.
• Keep flashlights, plenty of batteries, emergency candles, a phone charger/power bank and a first aid kit on hand.
• If someone in your home takes medications, ensure that their prescriptions are always up to date in the winter, with at least a week’s medication at the ready for emergencies.
• If winter weather conditions are conducive to power outages, raise your thermostat in advance of the storm to build up heat in your home.
• Consider investing in a generator, especially if you have sick or elderly family members who rely on medical devices or small children who may be at higher risk of illness during periods of extreme cold. If there is a power outage, having a generator and alternate fuel supply will make a huge difference. However, be sure to adhere to all safety measures, including only operating it outside in an area with plenty of ventilation, turning it on before plugging appliances into it and ensuring it’s turned off and cool before adding fuel.
• Insulate water pipes to help prevent freezing, bursting and flooding.
• Talk to your family about what to do during a storm. Discussing what you will do helps reduce stress and fear, particularly for young children.
• Prior to the storm, set your fridge and freezer on the highest settings. If you lose power try to only open the doors to these appliances when absolutely necessary.
During a storm at home:
• Stay indoors and bring your pets indoors as well. Don’t open your door, keep your alarm system on and monitor your entry with an TELUS SmartHome Security wireless security camera, the best security camera for outside.
• Keep hydrated and nourished.
• Engage in calming activities: read, sing with the family or, if possible, listen to music or watch an upbeat movie on a tv or mobile device.
• Monitor weather reports as they can change as a storm moves in and out.
• Dress in layers and use blankets for extra warmth.
• Use backup heat, like from a fireplace in good working order. Never light a grill or outdoor stove inside your home. This could quickly lead to CO poisoning.
• Ensure your home is equipped with monitored CO detectors. Carbon monoxide levels can rise quickly. Along with a fire alarm test, you should also test your CO detector alarm in winter months. If your CO detector goes off, it will emit a pattern of intermittent, high pitch “chirps”. This means that carbon monoxide gas has leaked into your home and has reached a dangerous level. Leave your home and/or open windows immediately to get air ventilation. Call 911 if you or any member of your family experiences headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting or confusion.
If your power goes out during a storm, your TELUS SmartHome Security backup battery will activate to maintain your alarm protection for several hours. If your battery is low, a low battery signal will be sent to the monitoring centre and you’ll be notified.
Stay safe this winter with the help of TELUS SmartHome Security. For more information on a smart home security system, smart cameras and more, call 855.958.8181 today and speak to one of our friendly experts.
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