3 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe This WinterDuring the winter months, people tend to spend more time in their homes. And while it can be nice to be warm and cozy while the snow falls outside, there are also important steps to take to prepare your home for winter. There are a lot of dangers homeowners might not necessarily think about during the winter, so we’ve compiled a list of a few safety tips for you and your family.
Prepare Your Home
Just like how people need to drag out their coats and snow boots to prepare for the cold temperatures, your home needs to be prepared too. One of the first things that should be done before or during the winter is a roof inspection. Your roof is the only thing preventing you from sitting inside while still being snowed on. Normally, your roof should be inspected one or two times every year. So if you have yet to schedule a roof inspection, now is the time to do so. A professional roofer can look for any signs of damage and make repairs as needed. If you let roof damages persist, you could be looking at further issues, like leaks and water damage.
Along with getting your roof inspected, you should be sure to prepare your plumbing for the cold temperatures. Pipes that are on the outside walls of your home are at high risk of freezing and bursting. And with an average U.S. family of four being able to use up to 400 gallons of water in one day, the last thing you want is to be without water. Insulating your pipes can keep them warm and prevent water from freezing inside. If you have exterior faucets, consider letting them drip to keep the water moving inside. Taking the initiative to prepare your home for winter will help you and your family avoid any big issues in the cold weather.
Keep Fire Safety in Mind
While a fire during the winter sounds nice and warm, it isn’t as nice when it’s in your home. Winter is a high-risk time for home fires, especially in homes with fireplaces. So to make sure your family will be safe this winter, test both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors sooner rather than later. Having an early warning system along with automatic sprinklers can help reduce property damage, injuries, and loss of life by at least 50%. And luckily, testing detectors and replacing batteries takes minimal effort. You should also be sure to inspect areas that are prone to start fires. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it’s important to have the chimney cleaned and inspected. This will ensure the air can properly flow through as needed. Another place in your home that should be inspected is your clothing dryer vents. Dryer vents are one of the leading causes of residential fires. If they aren’t properly cleaned, the lint inside can actually spark a fire. So if your dryer vents haven’t been inspected recently, this should be done now. And everyone in your home should be informed of proper fire safety protocols, like where the fire extinguisher is kept and what to do in the event of a fire.
Remove the Snow
And lastly, it’s important to always properly remove the snow from your property. With the average U.S. household having 300,000 items in it, hopefully, you have a shovel lying around somewhere. You should remove the snow and ice from your driveway, sidewalks, and even your roof if possible. While it can be tempting to ignore an icy sidewalk and walk around it, someone visiting your house may not realize the situation. This can be especially bad for people like the mailman. So to ensure you, your family, and anyone else who comes to your house is safe, remove the snow and ice from your property. If you have a buildup of snow and icicles on your roof, try to remove them to the best of your ability. While it may look pretty, falling snow and ice can actually be quite dangerous. So break out the shovel or snow blower and make sure your driveway and sidewalk are snow-free.
When the weather is snowy and the temperatures are low, it can be tempting to simply curl up on the couch in a nice, warm blanket. But it’s important to make sure your home is both comfortable and safe. So keep these tips in mind to keep your family safe at home all winter long.