Insurance and Finance

Peace on Earth and Peace of Mind

By Georgia Fisher 12.22.15

Winter is upon us, bringing all manner of chores and checklists for homeowners as we hunker down for the months ahead. These tried-and-true safety tips will help you on your way.

  • Clean gutters, check weather strips and insulation, and inspect your roof for leaks well before inclement weather arrives.
  • Pipe protection and insulation may sound like a hassle, but it’s got nothing on the alternative. A few straightforward steps will help you preserve your pipes, hoses, and sprinkler systems all winter long.
  • Call in the experts to ensure your HVAC system is clean, ventilated, and in good status. The same goes for fireplaces and chimneys.
  • Remember to winterize and protect your outdoor assets as well, including pools, boats, and lawn furniture.
  • Install a carbon-monoxide detector in your home, and keep camp stoves, generators, and other such equipment outside the house.
  • Use caution when building fires indoors. A roaring fireplace is an obvious source of warmth and comfort, but it’s also on par with a campfire in your living room, and should receive just as much reverence.
  • Know that heated bedding has its drawbacks, too. Electric blankets have great snuggling appeal, but should be used with caution.
  • Maintain a storm-ready emergency kit that includes water; safety devices such as flashlights and handheld lamps; extra batteries; and sand, road salt, or cat litter for icy walkways.
  • Finally, be mindful when you do venture out. So named for its ability to disappear over asphalt, black ice is a common winter road hazard that calls for common sense.

Looking for more ways to winterize your home? Really your home for old man winter with these tips.