We are now in the middle of winter, and as we go into 2020, there is a lot to think about regarding safety for your loved ones and your home throughout this season. Temperatures are falling, and we all need to be aware of how winter storms and frigid weather can affect our homes and our safety. Freezing temperatures can damage plumbing, ice and snow can build up on walkways and the roof, and there is a greater risk for carbon monoxide poisoning or household fires. Here are a few tips that will help you to keep your family safe and warm this winter.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
There are many things you can do to prepare your home for the colder weather, both inside and outside.
The first thing you want to do is to check your roof for any leaks or damage that needs to be repaired. It’s a good idea to do this before the snow falls and the roof becomes slippery. You also need to clean your gutters during this time as this will help to prevent ice and water buildup.
If you want to reduce the risk of fire, check your house’s exterior wiring for any damage, and have it replaced or repaired if necessary. Remove any bird nests as well as other combustible materials from any exterior electrical fixtures.
Use Electric Heaters Safely
It is estimated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that from 2008 to 2010, approximately 1,200 fires a year involved portable electric heaters. If you are planning to use an electric heater, please follow the following safety tips:
- Only purchase safety-certified heaters
- Place your heater on a surface that is level where it won’t be knocked down
- Do not plug a space heater into a power strip or an extension cord
- Don’t leave a space heater running while you are sleeping
Use Home Security Technology
During the colder months, older adults and disabled adults face additional challenges. It may be a good idea to implement a home security system that will help you to keep these members of your family safe during the winter. With security cameras, for example, they will be able to see what’s happening outside without ever leaving the house. You may also want to have interior security cameras installed so that loved ones can check in on older adults or disabled adults throughout the winter.