With the end of October approaching, we look forward to the holiday season. Unfortunately, colder weather comes along with this. Although this time can be a joyous period for many, we have to make sure that we are staying safe and healthy through the winter season. It is important to plan ahead and prepare our homes and ourselves for what lies ahead. The following preventative measures can help us prepare.
If your town is prone to winter storms, that could call for major precautions. Take the time to prepare your home for these events.
- Installing weather stripping and insulation is key to keeping the cold air out of your home and ultimately keeping you warmer.
- Insulating water lines and cleaning out gutters and repair roof leaks can be ideal so that they do not freeze up as temperatures start to drop below freezing.
To avoid frozen pipes run water to help prevent them from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
Be certain to check your heating systems before it’s too late!
- Have your heating systems (furnace, boiler) professionally inspected to make sure that they are working correctly, and ventilated to the outside.
- Investigate your fireplaces and chimney, making sure they are clean to prevent any fires or bad ventilation.
- As it gets cooler out, people tend to have space heaters. If this is the case, place your space heater on a hard surface. Along with keeping it on a hard surface, make sure to keep anything flammable at least three feet away-things such as paper, clothing, rugs etc.
- Double check and make sure to install a smoke detector and be aware that it is working and has fresh batteries. You should also install a carbon monoxide detector to be positive that you and your family are safe and protected from this deadly and odorless gas.
Time flies and winter will be here before we know it. Waiting too long to do these things will only hurt you in the future, especially if something suddenly goes wrong. Do yourself a favor, take the time and the precautionary steps to make sure your house and yourself are protected during these few cold months of the year.
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By: Morgan Hurley