Did you see the flurries in Lexington today? Winter is coming! It can be a can be rough on your
home, which is why you must make adequate preparations for colder weather. Here
are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you are not caught off guard by the Bluegrass's fast approaching winter season.
More house fires occur in
winter than in any other season. Whether it is malfunctioning Christmas lights
or a wayward spark from a wood stove or fireplace, the chances of you
experiencing a house fire are much greater during this time of year. To reduce your risk,
- Have your
chimney thoroughly cleaned and inspected.
- Keep a
extinguisher near your fireplace and make sure you are familiar with
how to use it.
- Test smoke
and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries or worn out units as
- Do some
general housekeeping to eliminate clutter so that if a fire does break
out, it will be less likely to spread.
Colder weather can also mean
higher energy bills unless you weatherproof your home by:
weather-stripping to gaps around your door frames.
the blades on your ceiling fans.
ductwork to allow for better airflow.
glass that has become broken or damaged.
- Consider home automated thermostats to control your home's temperature when you are not there.
Now is also a great time to
have your heating system cleaned and inspected. Not only will this help it
operate more efficiently, but regular cleanings can also extend your unit’s
life expectancy and reduce the number of repairs.
It’s just as important to
prepare the outside of your home as it is the inside. Some of the chores you
should add to your to-do list include:
branches that overhang your roof or are very close to power lines. This
will prevent them from causing damage to your roof or a power outage if
you happen to experience an ice storm.
your sidewalk for large cracks and/or potholes and filling them in. Doing
so will make them much easier to keep clean, and will also reduce the odds
of you falling should the surface become slippery.
- Ensuring you
have an adequate
amount of outdoor lighting and that all fixtures are working properly.
- Making sure
gutters and downspouts are free of debris.
garden hoses and storing them inside a garage or garden shed.
- Covering all
outdoor spigots with foam to prevent them from freezing.
outdoor sprinkler systems, fountains, and garden ponds.
handrails on your porch or patio, and tightening or repairing as needed.
Taking care of these things now
will go a long way toward helping you survive winter weather. You may also want
to consider a security system to monitor your home against fire and safeguard
it against seasonal break-ins. To find a security
system that is just right for you, please contact us.