Winter Survival Kit
We work in an industry where our guys are out on the cold winter roads all day and night. When you’re a snow removal company, it is important to make sure you are prepared for the worst of the winter weather. Trucks break down. Shovels break. We get stuck in snow banks. So, we thought we would share with you what our Winter Survival Kit consists of.
We have included a list of some of the tools that we include in our winter safety kits to offer you some ideas on how to prepare for yourself for the long cold Calgary winter.
Things We Include In Our Calgarian Winter Safety Kit:
A handheld small windshield scraper or retractable windshield scraper are the perfect tool for your winter safety kit. They’re small and easy to store and will protect you when we get an unpredictable snowfall that was not forecasted.
Similar to the windshield scraper, opt for a small but durable shovel that will literally help “dig you out of a messy situation”. But when will this come in handy you ask? Imagine if a snow plow drives by your parked vehicle and piles up the snow, your car is now stuck and you need to dig it out. Don’t think this won’t happen to you, it happens to all of us- we live in Calgary.
We know that most of us rely on the handy-dandy flashlights that are now built into our phones. But, in the worst case scenario when your phone dies and your car battery is dead, you won’t be able to charge your phone, you’ll need a proper flashlight.
Don’t leave yourself in a situation where you don’t have light and please don’t rely entirely on your handheld device.
Imagine you get a flat tire or something else breaks down in your car and you are stranded on the side of the road. It gets cold fast out there and we know you will appreciate having a blanket to keep you warm.
Always have water in your vehicle. Period.
Keep some snacks in your vehicle. We have all ended up in a Calgary winter traffic jam that sets our ETA behind by 1-2 hours. By ensuring you have something to fuel you in your vehicle, you limit the chance of putting yourself in a position of getting tired and angry in that uncontrollable traffic jam.
These are small beaded packets that you can put in your mittens and boots to help you warm up on those extra cold days. They’re perfect for when you’re waiting for the vehicle to warm up or when you are scraping the snow off your vehicle in -30 or below!
If your car won’t start in the extreme cold, you need to make sure you have the means to kick-start your battery. Jumper cables and a friendly stranger will ensure that you can get back on the road in no time.
Another old-school tool but once again, when that phone freezes or stops working due to the temperature outside, the old trusted paper map will get you where you need to go.
First Aid Kit:
Pick up a small, pre-prepared first aid kid at any local pharmacy. You would be surprised how often they come in handy, even if you just need a Band-Aid.