Freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and brutally cold wind makes for a good day to stay indoors by the fire and drink hot chocolate.  So how prepared are you for a winter storm?  

We have these five safety tips from the American Red Cross of New Jersey.

  • 1

    Stock Up

    Have at least a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food as well as a seven-day supply of medications.

  • 2

    Protect Pipes

    To prevent frozen pipes - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing.

  • 3

    Avoid Fire Hazards

    Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and kept at least three feet away from anything flammable.

  • 4

    Stay Powered and Connected

    Plan for potential power outages. Have flashlights on hand and keep cell phones and portable chargers fully charged.

  • 5

    Be Safe On The Road

    Make sure your car has an emergency kit, water, snacks and blankets and jumper cables and flares in case you get stuck. Keep the gas tank full to prevent the fuel line from freezing. Of course, if possible, stay off the roads.

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