7 Pieces of Equipment You Should Have On-Hand for February
Have the Tools You Need to Stay Safe Through Winter
As bad as winter can be in December and January, for many states, it is usually the month of February that brings the most severe weather. Every winter, just as you think you’re on the other side of the bad weather, February gets in a whopper of a storm before the season reaches its end.
This is the month where the blizzards bring ice and sleet along with snow, and when the ice builds up on tree limbs and power lines, the power can go out and stay out for a long time. So, having the right equipment on hand will help you get through February with few problems. Here’s a short list for you to check and see if you’re ready for the coming winter.
Having a back-up generator will help you get through unexpected power outages. This piece of equipment is available in a variety of sizes with some models even capable of powering your entire home for a period.
Before you purchase one, take the time to determine what are the most important things you need to keep powered up. Such items can include your refrigerator, your water pump, your Internet router, a portable heater, and so on. This will tell you how much wattage and amperage you need your generator to produce.
#2: Snow Shovel or Snow Blower
Depending on where you reside, you may get a lot of snow or you may get close to none. Either way, snowstorms can appear out of nowhere, and as this winter season has already proven, they can hit anywhere, too. Therefore, having at least a snow shovel on hand will allow you to clean your driveway and walkways after the storm passes.
In areas where significant snow falls, a snow blower will be a better purchase. It will not only make short work of the snow, but it will also prevent you from punishing your body with the physical effort it takes to remove a lot of snow.
#3: Roof Rake
Snow and ice are heavy and if they rest on your roof for some time, the added weight and the melting run-off can cause structural damages to occur. Having an extendable roof rake will allow you to pull a lot of the snow down off your roof so the weight isn’t as significant. It will also allow the water from the melting snow and ice to reach the gutters where it can be expelled away from your home’s structure.
#4: Battery-Powered Devices
If the power goes out, you will want to have battery-powered devices in your home to reduce the frustration. Some of the items you can have on hand include flashlights, battery-powered or wind-up lanterns, a battery powered clock and/or radio, and other battery-powered items. Your cell phone should be kept fully charged at all times through the winter so an unexpected storm doesn’t kill your power with your phone at 10% charge.
#5: Solar-Powered Chargers
After a winter storm hits, it tends to be followed by cold and very clear days. Having a few portable solar chargers on hand will provide you with reliable sources of back-up power for your cell phones, tablets, and your child’s hand-held gaming device. Let them soak up the sun during the day and you’ll have enough charge saved for a complete phone charge.
#6: First-Aid Kit
A winter storm can leave you stranded for a few days, so having a first-aid kit in your home is essential for managing minor injuries, especially in cases where you may not be able to make it to your doctor’s office.
#7: Storm Preparation Kit
It’s not uncommon for strong snowstorms to leave you without power for a few days. So, before a storm hits, be ready and create a storm preparation kit. This should include a few days’ worth of non-perishable food and snacks, plenty of drinking water, hand warmers, extra batteries, paper plates, cups, and utensils, a manual can opener, a four-day supply of prescribed medications, pet food, and extra blankets and warm clothing for every member of the family.
The key to making it through a wintry and often volatile February is being prepared for it before it arrives. Have the above equipment on hand and you’ll be in good position for keeping your family safe, warm, and protected in the event you lose power this February.