As we ring in 2021, it is important that you make your home is a safe place to live. Here are 5 tips on how to keep you and your family safe in your home this winter and throughout the year.
Tip #1: Monitor your space heater
Space heaters are a great way to heat a room or area but they do come with the risk of a fire hazard if you do not take proper precautions. If you have a space heater or are interested in purchasing one, look for the feature automatic shutoff with a thermostat and a non glowing element. If you use a space heater at night you can set yourself up for a very dangerous situation such as a house fire. Always make sure you turn it off when you are not at home or in the vicinity of it.
Tip #2: Protect Your Pipes
Frozen pipes are the number one problem during cold weather as pipe bursts. This can lead to thousands of dollars in flood damage. Wrapping basement and crawl space pipes with insulation is great solution to help prevent this issue. If temperatures dip below 32 degrees, help your pipes out by opening cabinet doors to allow warm air to flow around them and letting your faucet drip can relieve some pressure in your pipes.
Tip #3: Install Carbon Monoxide Detector
Protect your family while keeping them warm! Furnaces and other heat sources are essential, but can leak carbon monoxide if not properly ventilated. Carbon monoxide detectors will alert you of any potential problems and should be installed on each floor of your home.
Tip #4: Trim Tree Branches Away From Your Roof
Make sure to trim overhanging branches away from your roof or hire a tree service to remove any hanging branches from the perimeter of your house, driveway, and yard. This can protect you, your family, and your bank account down the road if you didn’t take precautions.
Tip #5: Seal Air Leaks
Keep the warm in in as much as you can. Caulking cracks around windows, trim, and baseboards helps to seal in all the warm air in your home and save on extra energy costs. If your door jiggles or doesn’t close firmly, you could be losing air. Storm doors have an adjustable strike plate, which can be moved slightly to keep the door from blowing off the hinges on windy days. Metal or rubber door sweeps can be added on to doors to close the gap between the bottom of the door and floor.