Winter is approaching for people who live in snowy climates. Take advantage of the warm autumn days to prepare your home and yard for the upcoming cold weather and icy conditions. Keeping your home clean and well-maintained inside and out will keep you safe and warm throughout winter. Here's how you can prepare:
Repair damaged or uneven walkways: If any walkways near your home are damaged or uneven, get them fixed before the situation becomes more dangerous.
Service your sprinklers: Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, make sure you take care of your sprinkler system before the temperature goes too low.
Clear your gutters: After the leaves have fallen, set aside an afternoon to clean out your gutters of debris. This will avoid harm from overloading by allowing water to flow freely.
Turn up the heat: Before you actually need it, test your heating system to make sure it's working properly.
Remove air conditioners, clean windows, and inspect them for cracks or broken seals. To improve your home's efficiency, install storm windows or insulate them with affordable plastic.
Hoses and pipes should be cleaned and detachable, and the outdoor water supply should be turned off when not in use. Outside spigots should be insulated to prevent pipes from freezing in cold weather.
Check the roof: Inspect your roof for any damage or leaks, and have any issues fixed.
Clean your BBQ properly before covering it and storing it for the winter. Make sure the propane tank is disconnected and stored outside, not within your home or garage.
Storms can inflict considerable damage to massive trees, which can then cause damage to your property or, worse, injure someone. Have your trees inspected by a professional to ensure that any dangling or weak branches are removed before they fall.
Gather supplies: Store spring and summer equipment and relocate shovels, , and other snow removal equipment to a convenient location. To help clear frozen walkways and make them safer to navigate, stock up on sand and salt.
Examine your batteries: Replace the batteries in your fire and CO2 alarms and double-check that they are operational. Review the symptoms of CO2 poisoning to ensure the safety of your family.
Clean the fireplace: Before using a fireplace, wood stove, or chimney for the first time, make sure it is clean and examined.
Create a safety kit by: Gather supplies such as flashlights, batteries, fresh water, and non-perishable meals in case of a power outage or severe storm. Make sure you have essential drugs and medical supplies on hand. Don't forget about your pet's food and supplies.
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