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Winter Home Safety Kit Ideas

Updated Nov 30, 2022

Updated Nov 30, 2022

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Every home should be ready with a winter home safety kit. The kit can include emergency supplies in the case of a winter storm or power outage and items to keep your home maintained during cold weather.

Keep reading to learn more about everything you should include in your winter home safety kit to keep your home and family safe. 

Winter Emergency Kit

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Before anything else, you must put together a winter survival kit in case a bad snowstorm traps your family. 

We recommend having the following emergency supplies: 

  • A first aid kit, including ointment, disinfectant wipes, and bandages
  • Backup cellphone chargers and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bags and extra blankets (at least one per person)
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Warm clothes
  • Battery-powered weather radio so you can tune in to crucial storm updates
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Personal hygiene items 
  • Snow gear, such as snow boots, jackets, hats, hand warmers, scarves, and mittens
  • Paper towels
  • Cards or games to keep your family distracted
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Candles and matches

Your family should also have an adequate supply of emergency food and water. For each family member, allocate at least 1 gallon per person per day. It’s recommended that you have a minimum of three days worth of water and food on hand. For example, if you have a family of four, you would want to have 12 gallons of water in storage. 

Next, create an emergency food kit including: 

  • Nonperishable food
  • A can opener
  • Cups and utensils

Medical Supplies

If you or a loved one take prescription medication, speak with a doctor about getting a backup medicine supply. Aim for at least a week’s worth of extra medication to put aside in case you’re trapped in your home, the pharmacy is shut down, or drivers can’t deliver the medication due to poor driving conditions. 

You’ll also want to stock up on over-the-counter medicines, such as: 

  • Cold and flu medication
  • Pain relievers
  • Sleep aids
  • Allergy medications
  • Vitamins and supplements

Outdoor Safety Supplies

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Slipping on ice may not seem like a big deal, but ice and snow slips contribute to a million injuries each year and 17,000 deaths. These injuries and deaths are often a result of skull fractures, cerebral contusion, and hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood that occurs after a blow to the head. 

Having necessary outdoor safety supplies before a snowstorm or freezing temperatures will help keep your family safe. However, maintaining your outdoor space by removing snow promptly and keeping walkways clear is critical to preventing everyday winter accidents. You’ll also want to examine your roof to keep it clear of ice dams and icicles, which can fall, harming you or family members in the area. 

We recommend having the following supplies on hand for maintaining your property during winter and keeping your car properly stocked: 

  • Rock salt or cat litter to melt ice
  • Snow shovels
  • Ice scraper for your vehicle
  • Cotton T-shirts or dust masks to filter the air for you during repairs
  • Rain and snow gear
  • Wrench or pliers for turning off or disconnecting appliances
  • Boards, sheeting, or newspaper to seal windows or provide additional insulation
  • Caulk and weather strips for repairing leaks and filling in gaps
  • Tool kit
  • Duct tape for quick fixes
  • Extra wipers and supplies for your car (wipers, wiper fluid, oil, antifreeze, snow tires, or chains)
  • Car kit with jumper cables
  • Spare tire
  • Car charger
  • Pest control supplies to ward off common winter pests

In addition, you’ll want to ensure that your car has a full gas tank whenever a storm is approaching. 

Final Thoughts

We hope our guide on making a DIY winter home safety kit helped you look at winter safety concerns from all angles. If you’re overwhelmed with this list, start by stockpiling items you already have in your home, then prioritize the most essential items and begin purchasing them as you can. Winter safety kits are also available to buy from Red Cross and Amazon if you prefer to save yourself the trouble of finding individual items. 

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