The Ultimate Winter Safety Kit
Now that we are in the midst of Winter in Canada, it’s time to make sure you have the ultimate winter safety kit. No matter where you live in Canada, winter weather can strike at any time and often without notice. Whether on the road or at home, snow, wind and ice can take down trees and create dangerous conditions. To be ready for whatever weather comes your way, make sure you have a winter safety kit in both your car and at home. Our guide to the ultimate winter safety kit will assist in you riding out even the worst of winter weather.
Safety Kit Documents
For starters, you should have all your relevant documents in one place. For a car kit, that includes copies of insurance, license, and other items. At home, your IDs, house insurance, and all other relevant documents should be together. Now, while it’s not always possible to put all your docs in one place – what you can do is make photocopies of them. While in normal life they won’t be acceptable, in an emergency situation a photocopy is.
Winter Safety Kit Gear
A few pieces of gear in one place can be the difference that either helps you get home, or helps you ride out a winter storm. The biggest threat in the winter is cold so that’s a prime consideration. Include items like a blanket, clothing, a pair of pull on crampons, candles, matches and a shovel.
Next, a major consideration is staying safe. In snowy conditions, it can be difficult for other cars to see you, especially if you’ve had an accident. At home, if a rescue crew needs to find you, having gear to make their job easier is crucial. Consider including a first aid kit, a flashlight, whistle, jumper cables and road flares.
Once you’re warm and safe consider sustenance and other items that will help you survive. Definitely include emergency food kits, water in plastic bottles and melting agents. Those can include salt, sand, and windshield washing fluid. These items will help you survive an uncomfortable period of time without power or being able to move your car.
These items are the absolute must have items in your car or in a safety kit at home. An emergency kit only gets better the more items you add to it, the better it gets. Some items to consider include an extended first aid kit, a portable tool kit, a sleeping bag and a USB battery bank to charge your smartphone. You can also include a battery powered high-lumen flashlight, a container of gas, tow straps and a tablet or laptop.
We’ve also asked Kelly Williams aka Kelly’s Garage , automotive expert and the only woman to compete in Canada’s top stock car series for 10 years , to explain how to be prepared for winter and what to do If we ever get stuck on the side of the road . Check this video