Winter is here, be prepared


While many of us have stocked up on rock salt and bought a new snow shovel, we also need to consider what we would do if we were stuck at home for a few days due to snow or ice.

Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries if necessary.

Be sure you have enough fuel on hand to keep your home heated. Check propane tanks before the storm hits. Never use grills or camp stoves to heat your home.

Keep walkways clear of snow and ice. A pair of ice grips for shoes is a good idea if you plan to be walking outside. If you use a cane or walker, ice grip attachments can be used for stability on icy days. These can be bought at retail pharmacies.

Keep four days of food and water on hand. Food items should be things that don’t require heating, like peanut butter, dried fruit, jerky, bread, crackers, etc. About a gallon of water per person per day should be enough.

Have four days of medicine on hand. This applies all year long. Most medications can be filled 4 to 5 days before you have used up your supply. Don’t wait until the last minute. Medication refills from the Southern Ute Health Center can be requested by using our online refill request, found at click on the Pharmacy Web Refill Portal icon. You can also call in your refill to 563-4781.

Individuals with certain medical conditions, like those on dialysis, should have a plan in place for snow removal and transportation to and from appointments, even in snowy conditions.

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