It’s safe to say that winter is upon us in full force. With that in mind, we thought it would be appropriate to provide you with a few winter safety reminders. As the temperatures continue to drop and the snow continues to fall, your home could be at risk for serious damage if you do not take the appropriate precautions.
- Keep things dry – As soon as you can, make sure that all walls, stairways and windows are free from snow. If you leave snow accumulated in these areas, it will eventually melt and cause water damage to certain areas of your home.
- Let water drip – If you think your pipes are at risk for freezing and bursting, open the faucet slightly, letting water drip out for a while; this will take pressure out of the pipe and reduce the risk of it bursting.
- Keep drapes closed – Even if you love the feeling of natural light in your home, it is best to keep the drapes closed unless you have direct sunlight coming into the window. This decreases the amount of heat loss from your windows.
- Check for drafts – Even the smallest holes can cause serious damage or low temperatures in your home when the weather gets significantly cold. If you find holes or cracks in walls or doors, try to repair them with caulk or foam insulation right away.
- Know where your water shutoff is located – In the event of an emergency with bursting pipes, you need to know where your water shutoff is right away. Make sure that you can easily get to it and know how to shut the water off.
- Avoid leaving your garage open – The cold temperatures and gusts of winds can easily enter your home if you leave your garage door open. Only open it when you need to and make sure to close it right away to minimize heat loss.
During these frigid temperatures it is also important to keep yourself safe and always check on loved ones that live alone. Cold temperatures can be very dangerous to people and homes. Take the time to make sure everything and everyone is safe this winter!