6. Safeguard your Cold Foods
Refrigerated foods can keep for approximately 6 to 12 hours, but only if you refrain from opening and closing your refrigerator. The same goes for keep frozen foods safe for 24 to 48 hours if you keep your freezer closed tight.
7. Storing Foods at Room Temperature
Luckily, many foods—including hard cheese, fresh fruit and veggies, butter or margarine, juices, and most condiments are safely edible if left at room temperature for a few days. Just use the smell before you eat rule to avoid food poisoning or contamination. If in doubt, always discard the food for safety.
8. Safe Prescription Drug Storage
If you require prescription drugs, make sure to refill prescriptions before a pending storm. If drugs require refrigerated and the power goes out, be sure to leave your fridge door tightly sealed or pack a cooler with ice packs and transfer the medicine while keeping it dry.
9. Clearing Snow
Make sure to following safe snow shoveling practices following a storm. For instance, take it slow and pace yourself, be sure you are well hydrated when shoveling, and those with history of heart disease or stroke should not shovel, but ask a healthy family member for help.
10. Protect Skin From Frostbite
Of course, it’s wise to remain inside in brutal cold weather as much as possible. However, if you need to go outside, dress in warm, light layers, and protect exposed skin with waterproof boots, a hat, mouth covering, scarf, and mittens. If your feet or extremities become wet, go to a warm area immediately and remove wet clothing.