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Home Safety – Preparing For the Winter

House-during-winter bungalow during a cold winter day, snowy weather

Winter storms and cold weather can be dangerous, so it’s important to plan and prepare for the winter. Here are a few steps you can take to stay safe during the winter:

  1. Winter-Proof Your Home
  • Install weather stripping, storm windows, and insulation.
  • Insulate water lines running along exterior walls.
  • Clean out the gutters.
  1. Check Your Heating Systems
  • Get your heating system serviced professionally, making sure it’s clean, ventilated, and works properly.
  • Inspect and clean chimneys and fireplaces to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
  • Install a smoke detector or replace batteries that should last the winter
  • Have a safe alternate heating source available.
  1. Stock Up on Food

Essential supplies like food and water need to be kept stocked in case of a blizzard or some storm that makes it dangerous to step outside for a while.

  1. Watch for Water Issues on the Roof

Check the roof for the following problems:

  • Excess snowfall
  • Icy Gutters
  • Icicles
  1. Prepare for Possible Power Outages

You are more likely to experience a power outage during the winter season. With icy conditions and heavy snowfall, power lines get affected, and power outages become common. Stock up on flashlights and batteries and be sure to have nonperishable food items stocked in your pantry.

  1. Keep a Fire Extinguisher At Home

It is important to have a fire extinguisher in the house at all times, especially during the winter. During the colder months, you may use items that you only utilize during the winter, such as the fireplace, a space heater, and a gas stove.  In the unfortunate circumstance of something going wrong and a fire starting, you should have a fire extinguisher on-hand and ready to use.

If you are unsure of how to use a fire extinguisher, have a family member or a professional firefighter teach you so that you can protect yourself and your family in case of an emergency.

  1. In-Home Care during Weather Emergencies

Many older adults can care for themselves regularly, but others require in-home assistance. It is strongly recommended to arrange for in-home care during weather emergencies to ensure safety throughout the winter season. You could hire help for general tasks during weather emergencies that could be harder without electricity or treacherous walk and roadways. Just having another set of hands can be extremely helpful in completing daily tasks that become difficult during the winter months.

Now that you know the steps to home safety and preparing for the winter, you are all set to enjoy a safe and cozy winter without any worries.

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