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NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE - YOUR HOME

During these cold winter months, most of us would prefer to sit inside the house by a warm fire, sipping on hot chocolate. As temperatures plummet and snow accumulates we would like to remind you of some safety precautions and tips to follow for a warm and comfortable winter:

Frozen Pipes

  • Shut off and drain the water system before an extended vacation and set the heat at no lower than 55 degrees.

  • Insulate pipes near outer walls, in crawl spaces and in the attic.

  • In extreme cold weather, open cabinet doors and leave the faucets dripping where pipes are located near exterior walls.

  • Never attempt to thaw pipes with a torch or any kind of open flame.  Use hot water or a U-labeled device such as a hand held dryer.

 
Water Claims

  • Keep downspouts and gutters clean to prevent ice dams on the roof.

  • Make sure downspouts are directed away from the house to prevent flooding from a heavy downpour or sudden thaw.


Fire

  • Turn off portable space heaters before going to sleep or leaving the room.

  • Keep chimney liners clean and have the mortar on brick chimneys inspected regularly to be sure there are no cracks where fire can wick through to the framing.

  • Install and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • If there is a fire hydrant near your home, remove snow from it and clear a 3-foot area to allow quick access for firefighters.

 
Christmas Decorations

  • If using a real tree, be sure and keep it well watered.  Dry needles are highly combustible.

  • Purchase longer extension cords rather than connecting multiple cords.  And inspect cords regularly for cracks or hot spots.

 
Personal Safety

  • Never use unventilated propane heaters, charcoal briquettes or gas ovens to heat your home.  Doing so can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.

  • If using synthetic logs, follow the directions on the package.  Never break apart a synthetic log or use more than one log at a time.  This causes them to burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.

  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways and use sand for better traction.

How to Avoid Winter Claims