Getting Your Home Ready For Winter
Since severe weather has made an appearance across the country for this winter’s arrival, it is only right that we give you awesome, point-form TIPS on how to keep your family homes safe
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through the faucets, especially if the pipes for those faucets run through unheated or non-insulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper, professional and seasonal maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.
Whether you take these actions or not to prepare your home for severe and cold winter weather, be sure to have your local experts at SERVPRO of Barrie’s contact information nearby, for fast-acting help if needed. Call us on our Emergency Hotline for immediate support 24/7 at (705) 733-7767, and we will make it ‘Like It Never Even Happened’!
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7 Highly Effective Portable Heater Safety Habits
In these cold winter months many of us find it hard to stay warm; our sweaters, wool socks and blankets just aren’t cutting it. So, we resort to other methods to fix the problem. One common method is a portable heater; especially for those sitting at a desk all day! If you are using a portable heater, here are some effective safety habits to keep in mind…
- Keep all sides of the heater at least 3 feet from beds, clothes, curtains, papers, sofas, and other items that can catch fire
- Never fun the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting and never power the heater with an extension cord or power strip
- Make sure the heater is not near water. NEVER touch it if you are wet
- Place the heater on a stable, level, surface, located where it will not be knocked over
- Never leave the heater operating while unattended or while you are sleeping
- If the heater’s cord or plug is HOT, disconnect the heater and contact an authorized repair person. If any part of the outlet is hot, contact a certified electrician
- Check SaferProducts.gov to see if your electric heater has been recalled