Winter Preparedness - It's Not Too Late
Depending where you call home in this great country, you might already be headlong into winter. Whether you live on the West Coast or your postal code starts with M3C, it’s not too late to make sure you’re prepared.
Here’s a winter ready checklist that is worth reviewing now...before we get deep into the season.
Put On Snow Tires
If you’re going to be doing any driving in snow, this is one of the top safety preparedness steps you can take — in some places it’s even the law. You wouldn’t be spending any time outside this winter improperly dressed, so don’t drive your car without taking this important precaution.
Winter Emergency Kit
Just like with the tires, if you’re going to be doing any amount of driving this winter, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the worst. Make sure your car has an emergency kit. It should include water, a flashlight, a small shovel, and an emergency heat blanket for example. The Get Prepared website by the Canadian government has a great resource for preparing an emergency kit for your car — visit getprepared.gc.ca for details.
Insulate Your Windows
Check the windows in your home. Are they properly sealed to protect from cold drafts? Spending just a little money, and taking the time to insulate your windows can save money on the heating bill this winter.
Vitamin D Supplements
Lastly, be sure to take care of yourself. During the winter, our exposure to sunshine is not sufficient. Many Canadians get their daily vitamin D from being in sunlight. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends adults take 1000IU in the winter months. There is also mounting evidence that vitamin D supplements may lower the risk of colorectal and breast cancer.