Winter Safety – Everything You Should Know
The cooler temperatures in Winters are undoubtedly enjoyable. However, incidents due to heavy snowfall or storms can be dangerous. Therefore, some winter safety tips used on time can safeguard the lives of you and your family.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors are an excellent system that should be installed in a home. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas and a silent killer because of its propensity to leak and travel undetected within the home.
However, Carbon Monoxide leaks are a higher risk during winter storms and arctic blasts. Always ensure that your Carbon Monoxide Detector is working, and always keep a spare set of batteries just in case. Do the same for your smoke alarm.
Warm Up the Pipes
During winter, pipes are also prone to damage in winters. Water can freeze, which can burst the exterior pipes. You can prevent this by insulating your home and pipes- blowing hot air from a hairdryer against the pipe, positioning a heat lamp or portable space heater next to the pipe, wrapping hot towels around the pipe or applying electrical heating tape directly to the pipe. Also, disconnect all garden hoses and draining any water left in outdoor fixtures and automatic sprinkler systems.
You can also use foam, heating cables, or pipe sleeves to ensure that the pipes stay warm enough and seal any cracks in the home’s exterior. If temperatures drop below freezing overnight, leave exterior faucets trickling to avoid the pressure build up that causes burst pipes.
Repair and Install Security Systems
Winter days are short, which means your time will mostly be spent in the dark. Moreover, heavy snow leads to poor visibility. Burglars may use this to their advantage. Maintain a well-lit path to your home by ensuring outdoor lights work, and fixtures are firmly secured.
Replace outdoor light bulbs to guarantee sufficient lighting throughout winter. You may even consider using Security Lights or smart bulbs to automate and control with your smartphone. Also, installing a Home Security System should be your top priority. You can install CCTV’s, Intercoms, Alarms, Security Lights, WIFI Camera, and Covert Cameras.
Prepare for Power Cutdowns
Heavy snow and ice in Fall can take down power lines. Take necessary precautions beforehand by buying a generator, flashlight, lanterns, extra batteries and Security Lights. Also, invest in a two-way radio for staying updated on the news regarding power outages. Look for one that uses solar power, batteries, or a hand crank.
With weak signals during a storm, it might be challenging to stay in touch with family and friends. Therefore, use a hand-crank or solar-powered cell phone charger until the storm passes.
Apart from these items, keep warm clothing, blankets, non-perishable food, and bottled water in an emergency kit for bad weather emergencies.
Keep the cold weather and long nights coming, as with these home winter safety tips; you are set to stay safe and enjoy this winter like a pro. If you want to install any security system or want anyone for their maintenance, contact a security solutions expert today!