Winter Weather Home Preparation

Is your home ready for the winter cold? If not you may be setting yourself up for busted pipes or even a fire hazard. As the snow flies and the temps plummet over the next few days. You'll want to winterize your home both inside and out.

  • Detach your garden hose from the house and drain your sprinkler system. This will keep you pipes from bursting when the freeze hits

  • Never use an un-vented, open-flame heating device that has not been approved by a national testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL)

  • Keep or maintain a minimum clearance of 36 inches between space heaters, fireplaces, and anything that can burn

  • When purchasing a new space heater, make sure it carries the mark of a national testing laboratory, and be sure to thoroughly read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use before utilizing the devices

  • Fixed space heaters should only be installed by a qualified technician according to the manufacturer’s instructors or applicable codes

  • Be sure to have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, chimney connectors, and all other solid-fueled heating equipment inspected annually by a professional, and cleaned as often as inspections suggest. Burn only wood that is properly seasoned to reduce build-up of creosote

  • Make sure fireplaces have a sturdy screen or fireplace doors to prevent sparks from flying into the room and always allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing of them in a closed, metal container at least 10 feet from combustible materials

  • Have any gas fueled heating device installed with proper attention to ventilation. And keep in mind that national fire codes prohibit the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG/propane) heathers with self-contained fuel supplies

  • Never use barbecues or Hibachi cooking devices for cooking or heating inside a structure due to potential carbon monoxide poisoning as well as being serious fire hazards

  • And be sure to have working smoke detectors in the home at all times, and test those detectors monthly