4 Safety Tips To Prepare Your Home For the Cold
Cold Weather Safety Tips
As the temperature drops and we don more layers to be able to stand the cold weather, it can be a shock to realize how cold it actually has gotten.So before the snow starts piling up at your front door, you will want to get yourself prepared for winter and the harsh conditions it can bring
Below are a few cold weather safety tips to keep you and your home secure from Frosty’s frigid touch.
Keep The Cold Out
If you haven’t already winterized your home for the cold weather, then now would be a good time to prepare your home for the cold weather. Add extra insulation in your attic and walls, if possible. Caulk around windows and door frames to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
Prepare An Emergency Kit
In case your power goes out, you want to be sure you’re prepared to brave the cold weather for a few days. You will want some sort of back up heat source such as a generator or wood-burning fireplace in place.
You will also need at least three-days of water supply, non-perishable food items, flashlights with extra batteries, battery-powered cell phone chargers and a medical kit that includes any medication and prescriptions that are required.
Be Cautious When Warming Your Home
Make sure you have replaced the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. While turning on your heater will probably be fine, you should take extra precautions since it probably has not been fired in months (especially considering the fabulous summer and fall we have enjoyed).
Also, be extremely careful with space heaters. Make sure they’re away from anything flammable, and always turn them off before you leave the room especially to go to sleep.
Take Care of Your Pipes
Frozen pipes are not only costly to fix, but the entire experience can be extremely inconvenient and cumbersome. In the cold weather, your pipes can freeze and cause water damage when they thaw. And, not being able to access clean water can be major inconvenience.
To prevent frozen water, keep your home at a constant temperature day and night. If the power goes out, turn your faucets on to get a small trickle and open up all the cabinets to circulate warm air around the pipes.
Do not let a snow or ice storm catch you by surprise, and unprepared! From survival storage to heating your home, the better you equip your house now to handle the cold weather, the less you will have to worry about when the power goes out.
Utilize the safety tips above to get your family and your home ready for whatever winter might bring.