Winter Home Safety Tips

A Seasonal Guide from The Empowered Homes Team.

As the winter season blankets our beautiful city, it’s essential to ensure that your home remains a safe and cozy haven while maintaining home safety. Here are some valuable tips to help you safeguard your property during these colder months.

1. Protect Your Pipes:

Cold temperatures can lead to frozen pipes, resulting in potential water damage. To prevent this, insulate exposed pipes and consider allowing faucets to drip during extremely cold nights to keep water flowing. Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to cover the pipes.

2. Maintain Your Heating System:

Regularly service your heating system to ensure it operates efficiently throughout the winter. Clean or replace filt ers, check for leaks, and schedule professional maintenance to avoid unexpected breakdowns.

3. Clear Walkways and Driveways:

As occupational therapists, we are ALL about fall prevention. Keep walkways and driveways clear of snow and ice to prevent slips and falls. Use ice melt or sand to provide traction, and shovel regularly during heavy snowfall.

4. Insulate Your Home:

Adequate insulation not only keeps your home warm but also helps reduce energy costs. Check your windows and doors for drafts and consider adding weatherstripping or using draft stoppers to seal gaps.

5. Outdoor Faucets and Hoses:

Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses to prevent them from freezing. Consider installing frost-proof outdoor faucets to minimize the risk of burst pipes. – Faucet Covers

6. Emergency Supplies:

Be prepared for unexpected winter storms by having an emergency kit on hand. Include items such as flashlights, blankets, non-perishablefood,anda battery-poweredradio.

8. Roof and Gutter Maintenance:

Clear leaves and debris from gutters to prevent ice dams and water damage. Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles, and address any issues promptly.

9. Programmable Thermostats:

Invest in a programmable thermostat to regulate your home’s temperature efficiently. Lower the temperature wh en you’re away and raise it when you’re home to save on energy costs.

10. Winter Landscaping:

Trim tree branches to prevent them from breaking under the weight of snow and ice. Remove any dead or damaged branches that could pose a hazard.

Wishing you a warm and secure winter season filled with JOY and home safety! If you need referrals for ANY of the above, let us know. We’re happy to help.

Warm regards,
The EmpoweredHomes Team

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