Sunday, April 14, 2013

Christmas Gifts for Winter Safety, by Becky Franzel

The Christmas season is a good time to protect loved ones from Wisconsin’s harsh winter conditions. Instead of searching aimlessly through a department store, give a gift that will ensure the receivers’ safety on the road and at home. 

Cell phone adaptors, while included in most cell phone packages, are often lost. The average multi-model adaptor costs about $6 at most electronic stores. Though small, it could be a good stocking stuffer or a secret Santa gift.
A winter weather survival kit is important, especially for hunters that frequent the icy back roads in Wisconsin. A good survival kit should include a flashlight with extra batteries; shovel; water; snack food; matches and small candles; extra hats, socks and mittens; first aid kit with a pocket knife; blankets or sleeping bags; road salt, sand or cat litter for traction; booster cables; emergency flares and reflectors; fluorescent distress flag and a whistle to attract attention. While it is possible to make one, pre-made kits can be bought online for $35.99.
Home emergency kits are also important during the winter months, but are often overlooked. A good home kit should include water, non-perishable food that doesn’t need electricity for storage or preparation, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, and pet supplies.  Pre-made kits are always acceptable, but a more presentable gift can be purchased online for approximately $24.
For pet lovers, a pet disaster kit will keep most common pets safe. A good kit should include food, water and a carrying case that will be able to transport them out of the home. An American Red Cross first aid pet kit costs $26 online.
An emergency weather radio will keep its user informed of weather conditions, time, warnings, and other emergency information 24/7. It can be found at most electronic stores, hardware stores, and even drug stores for approximately $30. 
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