Winter Homeowner Tips-Keeping Your Home Safe

    Here are some great tips for keeping your home safe in the winter time:

    Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires. Portable space heaters, open fireplaces and wood stoves can be dangerous if misused. Make sure heaters have adequate ventilation and always follow manufacturer’s directions. Never leave a space heater unattended around pets or children.

    Water damage is among the most common causes of insurance claims. When standing water gets trapped in pipes and the temperature drops below freezing, the frozen water expands and could burst a hole right through the pipe or break a pipe seam. If not caught in time, this can cause massive damage to your home.

    Here are some tips to prevent winter home issues:

    Set your thermostat to a minimum of 60 degrees, especially if you are going out of town.

    Protect faucets, outdoor pipes and exposed pipes in unheated areas by wrapping them with newspaper, towels or plastic foam covers.

    Cover any vents around your home’s foundation.

    Let indoor faucets drip.

    Open the cabinets under sinks in your kitchen and baths to allow heated indoor air to circulate around pipes (especially those on outside walls).

    Make sure you know where you water shut off valve is and how to turn it off. Hint: it is usually in the flower beds near the front of the home.

    Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain outside hoses.

    Put insulated foam covers over your outside faucets.

    Enjoy these tips and have a happy and worry free holiday season!


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