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Your Essential Home Kit for the Winter

Winter is right around the corner and you know what that means. Frigid temperatures, snow accumulation and possibly even ice storms like the December 2013 one  in Eastern Canada and Ontario. You never know what winter cold is going to bring, so it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared. One way to ensure that you’re ready is to put together an emergency kit for your home.

12 Items You Should Have In Your Emergency Kit

Your kit should not only have all your essentials but should be able to sustain you and your family for 72 hours. Here are 12 items you should set aside in order to be prepared:

  1. Bottled Water – Each person in your household should have two litres of water per day and an additional two litres for cooking and cleaning.
  2. Food – It’s important to have food that won’t spoil (canned food, energy bars, dried foods). Replace the food once a year. A manual can opener should also be included as well as a few utensils.
  3. Extra set of car and house keys – Extra keys save you from having to find yours in the dark.
  4. Small change – Keep some money in your kit (change and small bills).
  5. Flashlight and extra batteries – Since natural light will be your only source of light, flashlights are crucial. Make sure you have extra batteries.
  6. Battery-powered or crank radio – Radios keep you updated on what’s going on in your area.
  7. First aid kit – For any accidents or injuries that take place during a power outage.
  8. Basic hand tools – Hammer, scissors, screwdrivers, pliers and a pocket knife are good to have on hand for quick and easy repairs. 
  9. Sleeping bag or warm blankets – It’s important to stay warm and without heat your home will get chilly fast. Have a sleeping bag for each person in the household, or have a stash of extra blankets.
  10. Candles and matches/lighter – Make sure candles are in sturdy holders and do not burn candles unattended.
  11. Special need items – This includes prescription medications and infant formula, in case you don’t have access to a pharmacy or grocery store.
  12. Toiletries – Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other personal items should be included. You don’t want to run out.

Canadian winters can be unpredictable. Emergency kits save you from scrambling when the power goes out and can make the time during an outage safer and more comfortable.

To learn more about emergency preparedness, the risks and how to create a plan visit the Government of Canada’s GetPrepared.gc.ca.