Winter in Maine

Dakotah (Jan 2024)

I hope everyone made it though the holidays just fine. Now that all the craziness is over, it is time to make it though the winter. I just wanted to take a little bit of time to share some tips and tricks, to make sure you have a safe winter.

There are a lot of ways to get your home and vehicles prepared for the wintertime. You never know when a storm will arrive, power will go out or other emergencies will happen. It is very important to keep a first aid/ survival kit in both your vehicles and home. It is recommended to keep a first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and snacks. A few resources recommended keeping at least three days of food per person on hand. Make sure entryways, vents and pathways are clear of snow. It is very important to make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is a very good idea to get your furnace, chimney and fireplaces serviced before winter.  In the car it is a good idea to keep a phone charger and road flares. Try to plan trips and routes accordingly. Let family or friends know where and when you are headed out on your trip. Keep a good amount of fuel in your tank, check your tires and fluid levels often.

Shoveling and snow removal is another huge part of wintertime tasks. Knowing the proper way to do so is very important to prevent injuries. Take the time to stretch beforehand to loosen up your muscles. Try to push the snow rather than lift, if you must lift try to use your legs. Take your time and go slow while shoveling, take breaks if needed. If you are removing snow by a roadway, make sure to wear something visible so you can be seen. If you have any heart issues, check with your doctor to see if it is okay for you to shovel. High activity in cold temperatures put many at risk for heart attacks. The cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure. It is very important to know the signs of heart attacks. If you are not feeling well or have concerns call your doctor or 911.

Lastly it is important to keep our pets safe during the cold winter months as well. Make sure you use pet safe salt and keep antifreeze up away from pets. Regular rock salt and antifreeze can be deadly to pets. Make sure not to shave your dog’s hair too short in the wintertime. A good rule of thumb is if it is too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets.

The winter can be a hard time for some. It is very important to always work slowly and carefully. Help and look out for others if you can. Never be afraid to ask for help.

About the Author

Dakotah has almost 3 years credit union experience at Lincoln Maine FCU. She has worked the front line in member service, offering help to other areas whenever needed. She began researching for blog writing around Q2 of 2023. Dakotah is a team player, showing members and employees the best service she can give. Reach out to Dakotah as she works hard on the front line at Lincoln Maine FCU, 171 W. Broadway, Lincoln, ME 04457.