05B4 Winter Home Safety 05B4

Winter Home Safety

Homeowners may not realize it but when cold weather approaches, water and fire hazards increase. Here are some common cold weather issues and what you can do to prevent them from happening in your home.

Minor issues like leaky pipes and water heaters can quickly turn into costly home damage. Help safeguard your home from water damage this winter by following these yearly reminders.

  • Plumbing – Inspect plumbing annually and make sure pipes in attics, basements and outside are properly insulated.
  • Roof – Complete necessary repairs as soon as possible and insulate areas that are prone to freezing and heavy snowfall.
  • Sump pumps – Upkeep varies so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. 
  • Washing machines – Check hoses for cracks, kinks or blisters. Turn supply valves off when not in use, and never use while unattended.
  • Water heaters – Have a professional inspection of the “anode rod” regularly. This part will eventually corrode and need replacing.

Small items like candles and electric blankets are used more often when the temperatures drop – and they’re a common source of fires. To help avoid all types of household fires, review these 5 tips:

  1. Regularly inspect chimneys, fireplaces, woodstoves, coal stoves and furnaces.
  2. Store gas in approved containers and don’t store within your home.
  3. Never leave a stove, candle or electric blanket while in use.
  4. Place smoke detectors on every home level and replace the batteries twice a year.
  5. Use screens and doors on fireplaces to control sparks and properly dispose of ashes.


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