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Winter Emergency Kits

With winter weather in the forecast, it's a good time to make sure your car is packed with a few essentials in case of emergency during tricky winter travel.

An emergency kit can definitely help in those worst-case scenarios. You can even purchase a kit, complete with the items mentioned below, at many local retailers.

AAA recommends drivers keep the following items in their winter driving kit.

--Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt or cat litter)
--Small snow shovel
--Snow brush
--Traction mats
--Flashlight & fresh batteries
--Window-washing solvent
--Gloves or mittens
--Ice scraper
--Cloth or paper towels
--Booster cables
--Warning flares or triangles
--Cellular phone

It's also good to make sure any non-perishable food items already in your kit, have not expired.

Before winter weather strikes, Duke Energy advises you add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

--Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.
--Sand to improve traction.
--Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
--Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
--Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

More tips from the AAA website, here.
Click here for Duke Energy's website.


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