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Do’s & Don’ts: Keep Your Home Safe This Winter

Category: DIY Tips

Many of us don’t think twice about some of the dangers posed by winter weather on our homes. From the possibility of water damage, to fire hazards, there are several cautionary measures to take to ensure your home is safe for the winter season.

Check out our “do’s” and “don’ts” when considering what needs to be done to your home this winter.

Outside Your Home

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DO’S…

  • Do clear your gutters of debris. 
  • Do look out for “ice dams.”
    • This occurs when snow and ice melts and remelts on the sloped roof of your house due to inside heat. If this persists, water damage can be a threat to your home as melting water is forced inside due to the ice dam.
  • Do throw sand on your driveway to improve traction in icy conditions.

DON’TS…

  • Don’t forget to seal outside openings such as around cable, telephone line, or satellite openings.
    • Also don’t forget to ensure that windows, doorframes, and baseboards are tight to avoid an expensive electric bill.
    • You can find many types of caulking and weather stripping at BRBS.

Inside Your Home

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DO’s…

  • Do check your attic and crawl space for pipes that could freeze and insulate where needed.
  • Do install a programmable or smart thermostat.
    • These types of thermostats can improve your home’s efficiency in winter weather by adjusting temperatures as needed, and even save on energy (which in turn saves on your bill…again!)
  • Do inspect your air ducts for debris and dust to improve the air quality in your home as your furnace kicks into gear.
  • Do have a plan for potential power outages. Keep a generator or space heater on hand (or stock up on firewood), as well as fuel, flashlights, batteries, warm clothing, and plenty of water and non-perishable foods.

DON’TS…

  • Don’t neglect to have your furnace and other winter appliances such as generators serviced for winter weather. You want to have these in tip top shape!
  • Don’t let fire hazards go unnoticed in your home.
    • Space heaters, fire places, and wood stoves are leading causes of winter house fires. Make sure you use space heaters as little as possible, and keep away from upholstery, clothing, drapes, and other flammable materials. NEVER leave any of these heat sources unattended!

 

There are surely many more tips for winter safety and preparation, but this list is a great starting point. Come by to stock up on all your winter needs, ask our sales staff for how-to tips, and check out our winter essentials check list too!

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