Back when winter was just getting started, we offered a few winter safety tips to help prepare your home for the season and keep your family safe and warm until spring. Now that winter is in full effect across Connecticut and the Northeast, here are a few more tips to help you keep on top of your cold weather home maintenance.
Keep your Fuel Levels in Check: Nothing is worse in winter than running out of heating fuel. While more and more homes in the region now rely on piped-in natural gas for heat, many still use oil or wood stoves. Stay aware of your heating fuel levels and make sure you’re not in any danger of running out, especially if a big storm is coming and delivery might be delayed. In addition to discomfort and outright danger running out of fuel poses for the people in your home, it also risks burst pipes and other damage to the home itself. Experts recommend keeping your heat at 55 degrees or higher to prevent home damage.
Trim Problem Trees: Trimming trees and removing dead branches is an essential part of winter weather preparation for your home, but this doesn’t mean the job is over once the first snow falls. Trees that seemed sturdy in autumn might be weakened over the course of the winter. Keep an eye on the trees near your home throughout the season, especially after heavy snowfalls, and have any new threats trimmed or removed as you notice them.
Be Prepared For an Emergency: No matter how well you prepare your home for winter, sometimes the weather gets the best of us. Be prepared in case you end up stranded in your home for any length of time. In addition to enough heating fuel, make sure you have enough fresh water for everyone in your home – about a gallon per person per day – non-perishable food in case the power goes out, as well as flashlights, blankets, a weather radio, and a well-stocked first aid kit.
Of course, the best practice for any homeowner is always preparation. Insulate pipes and attics to prevent water damage and ice dams, and keep snow clear by hiring a professional snow removal company to deal with most of what winter throws your way.