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Are You Ready for Cold Weather?

By Donna Stark

Staying healthy during the winter isn't just about taking some extra Vitamin C each day, it's also about taking the necessary precautions to make sure you and your loved ones are safe and warm. And much of that has to deal with your home, cars, and closets. So, if you haven't taken the time to do so, don't worry! There are still a couple of months of winter weather to look forward to, and honestly, it's never too late to organize and prepare.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Taking the time to prepare your home for the brutal winter weather can really help increase the safety of everyone. Here are a few simple actions you can take that will make all the difference in the world.

  • Check for gaps around your windows and doors and seal them up to keep the cold air out and the warm air in
  • Make sure your detectors are in good working order
  • Stock your medicine cabinet and stay on top of your prescription orders
  • Make sure you have plenty of salt on hand to spread over your icy pathways, or at the very least, have someone else lined up ahead of time to do it for you
  • Keep your pantry stocked with plenty of water and non-perishable food, especially if you live in an area that experiences a lot of road closures

Preparing Your Car for Winter

If you use your car enough times during the winter that there is a chance you could be stranded in poor weather, it is vital that you have the supplies you may need to stay safe. Take a look at the following suggestions.

  • Water and non-perishable snacks
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Blankets
  • Portable hand warmers
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency flares or cones
  • Jumper cables
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Tire sealant
  • Duct tape

Preparing Your Closets for Winter

One of the most important things you can do during the winter months is to make sure the clothes you wear are weather-appropriate. Here's a great checklist of what you should fill your closet with.

  • Thermal clothing (clothing you can layer)
  • Vests, jackets, sweatshirts
  • Hat, scarf, and gloves
  • Thick quality socks
  • Weather-appropriate footwear
  • Blankets

Staying Safe During the Winter Months

By taking the necessary safety precautions as soon as possible, you can increase the level of safety for everyone during the winter months. And if you can't take these steps on your own, ask for some help. It's too important to ignore!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Littleton, Colo.

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