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Winter Home Safety

Winter Home-Safety Tips

Peace of mind, home safety and family protection are high priorities no matter the time of year. But when temperatures drop and you start pulling out the winter coats, your summer strategy for home protection will have to adjust. Check out the inside and outside of the home below to spot what needs fixing to keep the house safe and well protected during the winter months.

Can you find all 10 things that need updating or improving?

Unattended Candles

Holiday decorations and comforting scents can make any room feel like home, but leaving a candle unattended can be disastrous. Be sure to blow out any candles if you leave the room, and never leave a candle lit overnight.

Space Heater Near Drapes

While portable space heaters can provide extra warmth, if you place them next to furniture or drapes, you run the risk of starting a fire. Be sure to keep your heaters at least three feet from all furniture, curtains or wrapped gifts.

Defective Carbon Monoxide Detector

If you haven’t checked the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector recently, you run the risk of them going bad. CO is odorless, colorless and, worst of all, deadly. Be sure to have a detector in your home, especially near a fireplace.

Open Fireplace

Without a safety screen in front of your fireplace, you increase the risk of accidental fires happening inside your home. Stay warm and keep sparks from flying past your hearth by shielding your fireplace.

Broken Outside Lighting

Double check your outdoor lights around your home to make sure no bulbs have burnt out. If you own a motion-sensor-enabled light on your property, also check that sensors do not need replacing. Keep burglars away by having apt lighting installed near entries, windows and vulnerable areas.

Ice-covered Steps

Countless injuries occur from people falling when walking up steps covered in ice. Be sure to clear away snow and layer steps with rock salt.

Key Hidden Under Mat

It’s best not to hide an extra key under your mat, as it’s one of the first places burglars look. This tip isn’t only for winter weather, but it’s important nonetheless. Instead, ask a trusted neighbor, friend or family-member who lives nearby to keep a spare key.

Exposed Spigot

Prevent water-line breaks and freezing by installing an added layer of insulation to any exposed spigot or water faucet. If you have a way to turn off exterior water access without affecting water flow in the heated part of your home, do it.

Improper Door Insulation

Winter weather, depending on where you live, usually brings snow. Keep melted snow from entering your home by installing a seal to bridge any gaps between your exterior doors and the floor. Extra moisture on carpet can grow mold; on tile or wood floors, it can cause you to fall.

Dead Trees

Snow and ice can cause dead or weak tree branches to break, potentially falling on you, your guests or your home. Prevent heavy snow or ice from causing damage by removing dead trees and tree branches from your property.
Space Heater Near Drapes
While portable space heaters can provide extra warmth, if you place them next to furniture or drapes, you run the risk of starting a fire. Be sure to keep your heaters at least three feet from all furniture, curtains or wrapped gifts.