Prepare Your Home for Winter

November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

With the winter months just around the corner, and some areas already seeing snow, now is a good time to winterize your home before the cold weather really sets in. Here are some handy suggestions on how to set up and prepare your home for winter.

  • The furnace needs professional attention. At the beginning of each winter season it needs to be inspected and all corresponding ducts should be cleaned. Stock up on filters and make sure your thermostat is properly programmed. Remember to remove flammable items from around the furnace.
  • Make a thorough examination of the exteriors of the house. Check doors and windows for cracks and crevices. Repair all openings appropriately to prevent cold air from entering the house. Replace cracked or broken windowpanes. Take off summer screens and install storm windows.
  • Carefully examine and clean the roof, gutters and down spouts to clear them of all debris. Install screens around openings to keep away leaves and twigs. Check flashing to keep water off your home. If you expect the temperatures to drop, add extra insulation on the roof and attic. Replace tiles on the roof if required.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and follow the regulations in your area regarding these safety tools. Keep extra smoke detector batteries and install the carbon monoxide detector near the furnace or water heater.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher or replace any that are older than 10 years.
  • Learn how to prevent frozen pipes. Be aware of the location of the water main in your home that might need to be shut off in an emergency. Insulate any exposed plumbing pipes and drain air conditioner pipes. If you’re going to be away on vacation, leave the heat on at a minimum of 55 degrees.
  • Prepare outdoor spaces by trimming trees and sealing driveways, brick patios and wood decks.
  • Prepare emergency kits that will see you through the winter. Stock up on candles, matches, torches, extra batteries, first-aid kits, bottled water and non-perishable food items and blankets.

Source: SafetyEd.org

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