Pick up a bag or container of ice melt or deicing salt at a
home center or hardware store and sprinkle it on your sidewalks, steps and
driveway. If you have a dog or are putting salt on a public sidewalk, look for
pet-friendly ice melt. Also keep a bag of sand on hand in case you need extra
traction on the driveway after the storm.
Before the ice storm hits, sprinkle deicing salt or ice melt on your steps, sidewalk and driveway.
Need electricity for your well pump? Fill water containers
and the bathtub
The biggest problem with ice storms is that they cause trees
to fall on the power lines. If you don't have a backup generator and you rely
on well water, make sure to stock up on water for cooking and drinking. And
don't forget—you'll need water to flush the toilets. This is where a full bathtub
comes in handy.
Prepare your car for the ice
If your family is like ours, there's never room in the
garage for both cars. If you have to leave your car out, here are a few tips. Lube your car to prevent your locks from freezing and your doors from freezing shut. Spray
dry-lube Teflon into the locks and on the door weather stripping. Also pick
up a bottle of Prestone Windshield De-Icer for after the storm. It'll make
short work of clearing thick ice from your car windows.
Don't get stuck in the garage
If your garage isn't heated, the sweep at the bottom of the
door can freeze to the concrete slab and you won't be able to open the overhead
door. Help prevent this by sprinkling deicer across the garage door opening
before the storm.
— Jeff Gorton,