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Spring is here, is your home ready for the season? There are several items that may be in need of your attention.

  • Do your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced? Check the expiration date on the back when changing the batteries. These life-saving devices should be tested monthly, but the season change is always a great reminder time to make sure they are in perfect working order.
  • Check your fire extinguisher(s). Like smoke detectors, they also expire and need recharging and or replacing.
  • Clear your gutters from leaves and debris before the spring rains start.
  • Check your roof shingles for any damage caused by high winds and ice over the winter and replace them before you end up with a leak from spring rains.
  • Get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer days. Regular maintenance allows the unit to run more efficiently and cut your energy cost. If you want to do this project on your own, there are great step by step instructions on DIY Network.
  • Check your outdoor lighting and replace bulbs, especially in security lighting.
  • Examine any wood railings or decking that may have come loose or damaged over the hard winter months that need to be tightened or replaced.
  • Walk all the way around your home and examine from the roof line to the foundation for any cracks or gaps that need to be resealed. This will keep your home more energy efficient and prevent unwanted house guests from entering.

This is also a great time to look at your homeowner’s policy and make sure you are adequately covered. Contact us today! We’re here to make sure you have the coverage you need.

Keep your home and family safe while staying warm this winter.

Home Heating Safety – Have furnaces, chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves inspected and cleaned before another winter of use. Test batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Other good steps to take to get one’s home ready for winter include:

• Make sure flashlights are available throughout the house and that they have fresh batteries. Winter storms can lead to power outages.

• Insulate the home by installing storm windows or covering the inside of windows with plastic to keep cold air out.

• Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone who lives in the home.

• Have a disaster supply kit ready should winter storms hit. The kit should include a three-day supply of food and water per person, flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries. Other things to include for the winter include:

• Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and warm clothing for all household members, along with extra blankets.

• An alternate way to heat the home, such as a fireplace, or wood or coal burning stove.

 

Space Heaters – With temperatures dropping, many people are using alternate sources of heat to cut down on heating bills. The Red Cross recommends that people look for a model that shuts off automatically if the heater falls over. Other safety tips include:

• Place the heater on a level, hard and nonflammable surface in the home.

• Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.

• Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.

• Keep children and pets away from space heaters.

 

Source: American Red Cross

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