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What Are Some Winter Weather Safety Precautions For Your Norwalk Home?

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

During the winter months, Norwalk homeowners face many challenges that arise from freezing weather. You have probably dealt with frozen pipes, slip and fall accidents, and fallen trees in the past, so you know these kinds of things happen without any warning. Being prepared ahead of time is the best way to avoid winter-related safety issues, so today we’re going to share some precautions for you to use to keep your Norwalk home and loved ones safe.

What Are Some Proactive Steps You Can Take To Keep Your Norwalk Home In Good Repair During The Winter? 

  • Have a professional company like SERVPRO inspect and perform routine maintenance on your air ducts, HVAC system, chimney, and dryer vents. You will extend the life of your essential services by having them regularly maintained. Many HVAC service providers offer annual contracts to check and service your units in the spring and fall. They may also provide a bonus of emergency priority service for clients with annual contracts.
  • Properly insulate all water pipes along exterior walls, as well as any exposed to unheated interior locations. Turn off the water supply to outdoor spigots and drain them; you may want to consider installing freeze-proof outdoor faucets. Open all rooms, enclosures, and cabinets that contain water pipes to help keep them warm. In extreme sub-zero temperatures, keep water flowing by turning faucets on just enough to create a slight drip. 
  • High winds, snow, and sleet can turn trees and landscaping into severe threats to your home. You should top off and trim back any trees or tree branches that could fall and cause significant damage to your home. 

How Can You Stay Safe In Your Norwalk Home During Extreme Winter Weather Conditions? 

You may experience situations where you cannot leave your home due to extreme winter weather conditions, and wise planning can ensure that you and your loved ones stay protected. 

  • Put together an indoor emergency kit. Keep an adequate supply of drinking water and no-cooking necessary food, and be sure to provide for family members that have special diets and medications. You’ll want to create a winter disaster kit that includes: 
    • flashlights 
    • batteries 
    • wind-up flashlights
    • radios
    • warm blankets, 
    • hats, boots, gloves, and winter coats 
  • In addition to keeping your home safe, you will want to make sure your car is in good running condition if you have to travel due to an emergency. Keep your fuel tank near full and winterize your vehicle by checking your radiator and antifreeze levels. Replace worn tires with all-weather or snow tires and add an appropriate antifreeze solution to your windshield washer. Put together a wintertime vehicle emergency kit in case you get stuck or stranded. You’ll want to include: 
    • extra gloves and hats 
    • blankets and sleeping bags 
    • nonperishable food 
    • mobile phone charger and cords 
    • extra batteries 
    • plastic storage bags 
    • booster cables 
    • flashlight shovel 
    • sand or cat litter
    • first aid kit

If the worst should happen, SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to help. We can be onsite right away to help you manage storm damage, water damage, and much more. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

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