Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Winter Emergency Kits

The following comes from Dakota County Emergency Management.

Cooler temperatures have arrived and winter is fast approaching now is the time to get your winter emergency kits together for your vehicles.
Winter driving can mean coping with ice, snow, and hazardous roads. Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give your vehicle a winter preparedness exam.
·Check antifreeze
·Check and replace older batteries
·Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
·Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
Make sure automobiles contain the following emergency supplies to handle winter road hazards.
·Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
·Ice scraper
·Jumper cables
·Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
·Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
·Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
·Five gallon bucket
·Flashlight and batteries
·Gallon jug of drinking water
·First aid kit
·Jacket, hat, gloves and sturdy snow-proof boots for each traveler
·Non perishable food
·Bottled water
·Cellular phone & charger

Pack supplies in an easy to grab bag and keep in your vehicle at all times.  

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