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Home Safety Tips for Winter Weather

by First Choice Realty Inc 10/19/2022

Winter weather can take a toll on your home regarding cold temperatures and adverse weather conditions, such as snow and ice. Taking steps to keep your home safe during this season helps protect you and your household and reduces the risk of damage. Use the following safety tips to get your home ready for winter weather.

Protect Your Pipes

Freezing temperatures can put some pipes in your home at risk of bursting. Water in these pipes can freeze, and the pressure can cause them to burst, leading to major water damage in your home. The most vulnerable pipes are those that run along exterior walls, since these don't stay as warm as interior walls. Cover these pipes with pipe sleeves, foam or heating cables to keep them warm enough during winter.

Stock Up for Power Outages

Winter storms can cause power outages to occur. In some cases, these outages can be lengthy. Gather supplies you'll need to stay warm and safe if an outage occurs, such as blankets, non-perishable food and bottled water. You should also have flashlights and extra batteries available for lighting, especially since it gets darker earlier in winter.

Clear Your Driveway and Sidewalks

Snow and ice can make it hard or impossible to get out of your driveway if you need to go somewhere. Snowy and icy sidewalks and other walkways can also be a tripping hazard. Shovel snow after from these areas to prevent it from building up. You should also sprinkle rock salt or ice melt on your driveway, sidewalks and walkways to stop ice from accumulating. This also helps prevent these surfaces from becoming slippery.

Check Outdoor Lights

Since the days are shorter in winter, it's important to make sure your outdoor lights are working. These lights provide the illumination you'll need to move around safely outside on dark winter mornings and evenings. Replace burnt-out bulbs with new ones, and make sure all of your outdoor light fixtures are securely attached to your home.

Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Winter weather can increase the risk of carbon monoxide leaks, especially if you have a gas or wood-burning fireplace. Warming your car up in an attached garage can also raise your risk of carbon monoxide leaks. Test your home's carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're working properly.