Preparing Your Family For The Winter


Winter is coming to Canada and we are soon going to be dealing with cold temperatures, snow, ice and eveything that comes with it. According to The Weather Network’s Winter Forecast, most of the country is expecting a classic Canadian winter, meaning we have to dust off our winter boots and get ready to brave the cold. Preparing your family for the change of season is important and below we share some tips to help get you ready.

I am personally not a huge fan of the cold days but I do love taking the boys snowshoeing and playing in the snow. As long as we are all wearing our winter clothes, warm jackets and gloves we can safely enjoy the outdoors. Now is the perfect time to get all your winter clothes from storage and sort your closet to see if you or your children need any new winter clothes.

During heavy snow fall days ice can put extra weight on electrical lines and cause power to be cut off. Be sure to be prepared by having flashlights and batteries ready at home, plenty of warm blankets and a safety kit at home and your car with some basics, including snacks, water and a radio.

Keep a bag of salt or sand ready at home to deal with treacherous slippery sidewalks. We keep a big bag of salt that we have to use on the front stairs once in a while when they get dangerous and slippery after a snow fall.

If you are going somewhere leave extra early and allow plenty of time to deal with heavy or slow traffic due to dangerous driving conditions. The Weather Network’s Precip Start Stop is a really helpful tool, letting me know when snowy conditions are expected to start and stop, helping me plan out my day accordingly. I always leave 5-10 minutes earlier when dropping the boys off at school in the mornings during the winter.

You can prepare for the season’s conditions and stay safe this winter by visiting or downloading The Weather Network App.

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with The Weather Network. A product sample and/or compensation has been received for this review and all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

8 responses to “Preparing Your Family For The Winter”

  1. Great tips, thanks for the post.

  2. We always have batteries and flashlights ready at home!

  3. great tips, and reminders for those of us who need that reminding!

  4. I agree with everything. You need to be prepared for every eventuality, including the car breaking down and being stuck when it’s freezing outside. I always feel the car’s half full before I even get in 🙂

  5. Very good tips. It’s always important to be prepared for the winter season!

  6. I live in the North and am not a fan of the cold and snow. I think all your tips are fabulous and hit the nail on the head to getting prepared.

  7. Salting slippery areas are so important. My father slipped and cracked a rib last week.

  8. Can I also state that you have an emergency kit in your car. And one in your home that would sustain your family for 2-7 days (I have seen more than one power outage and emergency situation happen in the winter and its critical that you be prepared).

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