In addition to preventing frozen pipes, be sure you have an emergency kit both at home and in your car filled with supplies in case of a large storm.

Your emergency kit should include:

  • Rock salt to melt the ice.
  • Kitty litter or sand to build traction.
  • Snow shovels and snow removal tools.
  • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove be sure to have a good supply of dry, seasoned wood.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

About 70% of winter deaths related to snow and ice occur in automobiles.

Here are some tips to for safe driving during winter conditions:

  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Install good winter tires with adequate tread.
  • Keep a windshield scraper for ice and snow removal.
  • Keep your windshield wiper fluid filled.
  • In the event your car begins to spin out of control, here’s what you should do:
    • Don’t slam on the brakes.
    • When you begin to skid, take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, quickly, then steer in the direction you want your car to go.
    • Before the rear wheels stop skidding, shift to drive and gently press the accelerator.

Avoid driving during heavy snowstorms and very icy conditions. However, if you must drive, take all the proper precautions to ensure you and your family’s safety.

Call OceanPoint Insurance at 401-847-5200 for more information on how to keep your loved ones safe.