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Winter preparation makes for a safer home

October 14, 2014

There's no doubt that winterizing your home can make it more comfortable while also saving you money, but the changing season also calls for focusing on safety in and around your house. After all, checking out home insurance quotes isn't the only way to make sure you and yours are protected come winter.

Staying warm

If you put some time and effort into sealing up windows and doorways, ensuring proper insulation and giving your heater a good once-over, staying warm this winter shouldn't be a problem. Remember that low indoor temperatures can lead to illness and other health problems, especially for the very young and old. It pays to make sure you do all you can to keep you and your family snug as a bug once winter hits.

Malfunctioning heating systems can become fire hazards, as can misplaced candles, clogged fireplaces and unreliable holiday lights.

Focusing on fire safety

The increased use of heaters during wintertime can cause problems of its own. Malfunctioning heating systems can become fire hazards, as can misplaced candles, clogged fireplaces and unreliable holiday lights. Take the time this winter to make sure your heater is in good working order. Calling in a professional to ensure everything is working properly can be a smart investment. The same goes for your fireplace.

Meanwhile, when it comes to candles and lights, be sure to use common sense in where and how you place them. It's also a good idea to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Switching out the batteries and running a quick test can give you peace of mind.

Examining the exterior The inside of your home isn't the only area that deserves attention. Front steps covered in ice can be a slippery hazard, as can front walks and paths buried under snow. Some salt or sand can go a long way toward making the front of your home safer for walking. Meanwhile, if you find yourself gearing up to shovel snow, make sure you're fit to do so. Strenuous activity in extreme cold can be a recipe for disaster. It's better to be safe and hire help than land yourself in the emergency room.

You should also focus on the trees surrounding your home during this time of year. Rain, sleet and snow can lead to dead tree branches coming loose and crashing down on your home. To prevent health and property damage risks, make sure any dead tree limbs are removed before winter storm season begins.