Well, this snow is beautiful to look at (especially from a cozy, warm home), not so much fun to drive in, but fun for kids to play in while on winter break! While we aren’t able to change the winter weather and snowfall, we can do some due diligence to protect our homes from some of winter’s biggest threats.
Heavy snowfall like we are having (and expecting next week) means both accumulation as it falls to the ground and as it melts when temperatures rise. Freezing temps can also lead to frozen pipes and other challenges within your home.
Here are some winter home safety tips and helpful reminders:
– Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and walls. As the snow melts, it could lead to water damage and moisture intrusion within your home.
– Keep your attic well-ventilated, and at a temperature close to the outdoor temperature to reduce the risk of ice dams. If ice builds up and prevents proper draining, the water is forced under the roof, into the attic or down your home’s walls.
– Be sure exposed pipes are wrapped with proper insulation and keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air from your home to circulate around the pipes.
– Have a slow trickle of water drip from your faucets which are connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
– If you use a space heater within your home, be sure it is on a level, hard surface and that any flammable items are at least three feet away (think paper, clothing, bedding, curtains, rugs, etc.) Be sure to turn them off before leaving the room or going to bed.
– If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Always turn off space heaters when you go to bed.
– Use a glass or metal fireplace screen to catch any sparks or logs that may fall. Make sure fireplace embers are out before going to bed.
– Should the power go out and you use a generator, do not operate it inside your home, even your basement or garage.
Stay safe everyone!