Winter tricks every Manitoban should know
Staying warm and healthy
- Embrace winter!
Keep skin covered
- The best way to be warm is to stay positive.
- Stop listening to complainers. They will make you believe that winter is terrible.
- Winter can be fun. Everything looks fresh and uniquely beautiful this time of year.
- Try some winter activities.
- Skin starts freezing at -27C.
- Keep your body covered. Your fingers, toes and ears are the first to get frostbitten.
- If you keep forgetting or losing your gloves, scarves or hats, carry a small bag. Put them inside when you’re not using them.
- If you don’t want to carry a bag, bring spare gloves or mittens and scarves. Leave them in your workplace. Pack extra socks, in case you need to replace wet ones.
- Mittens are better than gloves. They keep hands warmer.
- When the temperature is very low, wear thermal underwear and ski pants. You need them if you will be outside for a long time.
- If you are usually indoors, layer your clothes. Take off some layers when it gets warm.
Sunblock and shades in winter
- You will tend to have chapped lips and dry skin on elbows, feet, heels, and knees.
- Apply lotion after a shower while your skin is still slightly wet. This will keep moisture in.
- Have a tube of petroleum jelly or lip balm in your pocket. Apply to protect your lips from windburn (men should do this too).
Take some vitamins
- Manitoba stays sunny even in winter.
- You need sunblock protection all year round.
- Sunglasses are important when driving. The afternoon sun can be intense. Sun’s rays can also reflect on snow. You need eye protection to be safe.
- Ask your doctor about Vitamin D and B supplements.
- If you are feeling down, getting sunlight and Vitamin D can help.
- Vitamin B boosts your immune system.
Energy saving and home care tips
Keep your home safe and warm without causing high electric bills.
- Caulk or weatherstrip your windows and doors
Block drafts under doors
- Check windows and doors for gaps that let warm air escape.
- Caulk or weatherstrip these spaces.
- They are cheap ways to conserve the warm air in your home. This helps lower heating bills.
Close unused rooms
- Check for spaces under doors.
- Cut a foam pipe insulator and slide it under to close the gap.
- This will help keep your room warm.
Close the door of unused rooms to keep heat in one area.Shovelling
- Shovelling is hard work!
- Warm up before you shovel your yard.
- Work slowly. Watch out for back strain.
- If it’s just light snow, it’s better to use a broom.
Open curtains when the sun is out.
- Spray non-stick cooking spray or silicone-based lubricant on your shovel.
- This prevents snow from sticking to it.
- It will make shovelling easier.
- Keep your curtains open during the day when the sun is out.
- This will let the warmth in until late afternoon.
Change the furnace filters regularly. It will increase its efficiency and life.Thaw out locks
Fire safety? In winter?
- Opening doors can be hard when you come home in the afternoon or at night. Locks can be frozen.
- Use a lighter to heat up your key before putting it into the lock.
- Winter is a busy season for fires in Canada.
- This may be due to unattended fireplaces or burning candles.
- Check your house’s smoke alarms. Make sure that they work.
- Make an emergency plan.
Car care and driving
- Park facing east
- Park facing east as much as possible.
- The sun will help you melt some of the snow on your car.
Pack a car mat
- Position your windshield wipers away from the glass.
- Put old socks to cover them.
- This will prevent them from sticking to your windshield when you are parked outside.
Keep your car clean
- Always pack an extra car mat for emergencies.
- Lay it down under your tires for traction if you get stuck in snow.
- Others use kitty litter for the same purpose.
Keep an emergency kit
- Use an old credit card (or any used plastic card) to scrape ice from your windshield.
- Keep newspapers in the car.Protect your carpet from muddy footwear by laying down some newspapers.
- Aside from a first-aid kit, pack:
- a thick blanket
- extra coat
- mitts and socks
- It can ensure that you and your family will stay warm in case of an emergency.
- You may also be of help to someone in need.
- Change to winter tires.
- Keep emergency items in the trunk:
- battery jumper cables
- a light shovel
- Drive slowly.
- Brake slowly.
- Focus and pay attention.
- Or read Top 3 winter driving tips.
Have a safe and fun winter!
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