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How To Prepare For A Blizzard – Part 2

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How To Prepare For A Blizzard

Blizzards are severe winter storms that combine snow and winds gushing at a very high speed. During the storm, there is low visibility and driving around is really very difficult. You should make necessary preparations if there is an imminent blizzard weather warning. Blizzards can cause serious damages like disrupting the emergency services, loss of power, closure of roads, stranded motorists, and accidents.

How To Prepare For A Blizzard?

It’s always helpful to have a handy checklist to make the arrangements without missing anything.

Some critical items that can help you during the storm are:

1. Shovels Or A Snowblower:

Once the storm settles and you want to step out of your premises, you need to shovel away the snow to make your way. If you have a snowblower, make sure it’s filled with gas and functioning properly.

2. Deicers:

To make sure that freshly fallen snow doesn’t convert into a treacherous layer of slippery ice, you have to spread ice melt on the sidewalks, parking lots, in front of the stores, or residential apartments. While selecting the ice melt make sure you are not going with a chloride-based ice melt like rock salt. These chloride-based salts can cause severe damage to your concrete, corrodes plant & machinery, contaminates the water, destroys the nearby plantation, and are very harmful to pets and kids if it gets ingested by them. 

So what you should use instead? Go with organic salt-free deicer. There are environmentally friendly deicers that are effective at very low temperatures and are safe to use.

However, ice melt takes time to work and melt the ice layer. If you need immediate traction on the ice surface to provide a safe walking path to your customers or residents, you should go with natural traction agents. Traction Magic is one such natural traction agent that absorbs excess water from the ice layer and increases the friction to walk safely on ice. There are other traction agents in the market like sand, kitty litter, or sawdust to choose from.

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3. An Emergency Radio and Extra Batteries:

Prepare for a blizzard by getting an emergency radio and extra batteries. Radios are readily available and will keep you updated on weather alerts even in the case of power outages.

4.  Car Safety Kit:

Traveling during a blizzard is not advisable, but if you must, it’s important to have a car safety kit in your car. This kit should include items like extra blankets and warm clothing, a flashlight, a shovel, a windshield scraper, water, and snacks. Get your car winterized in case you need to be out during the storm. 

Also, use winter tires while driving to get better traction on the road. Traction agents like Traction Magic can also provide the required traction for your car if it gets stuck in the snow. You can simply rub the granules on the tire surface for some extra traction.

Conclusion

Blizzards are a common weather phenomenon in the winters season now. It is always better to be ready than sorry. Make arrangements to face the extreme weather storms so that you can keep yourself, your family, and your customers safe.

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