The winter season can be a beautiful time of the year. Few cities are as romantic as Venice in winter, and everyone looks forward to going to work in a warm office building instead of a cold one.
However, winter temperatures can be fatal for those who aren’t prepared for them. The cold weather brings with it an increased risk of accidents and injuries, especially around your home. That’s why you should be extra careful, and make sure that your home is as safe as possible during wintertime.
The main thing you should clear in your walkway is snow. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to stay inside, it’s perfectly acceptable to venture out and clear the snow. The walkway is the first impression your home’s visitor will have, and it’s important to make a good one. Keep your walkway free from clutter, and ensure that there are no ice buildup on the surface from the previous night’s snowfall. You can use salt, or sand to melt the snow and ice in the walkway.
Your home’s interior can be well-insulated against the cold, but the cold air outside may invade your space if not properly vented. Make sure that your chimney is cleaned and swept, and that there are no fires burning in there. If you can’t get to the chimney yourself, have someone clean it for you. A freshly swept chimney indicates that you’ve taken care of all the loose material inside, and that nothing is concealed there. This means the fireplace is free of debris, which could cause it to clog.
All outdoor appliances can be hazardous if you don’t use them properly. Outdoor water heaters, for example, can cause overheating and possibly even a fire. Make sure that all of your patio and pool area’s appliances are turned off and removed from their packaging before the winter season starts. Similarly, all of your outdoor lighting can also become a fire hazard if not kept in check by a professional. Leave these items in the garage, or store them somewhere else in your house until springtime.
The boiler is an essential part of your home’s HVAC system, and it’s responsible for circulating warm air throughout your home. Due to its importance, it’s important to look at your boiler’s owner’s manual and make sure you check it every month. This way, you can be sure that it’s working properly, and that no leaks or damage have occurred. If you feel like your boiler requires an upgrade, consider having a professional inspect and repair it for you.
The roof is yet another place where you can easily accumulate snow during winter. Make sure that all of the roof’s surface is cleared, and that no snow or ice buildup occurs there. You can use a snowplow to remove the snow, or invest in roof skylights, which help diffuse the sun’s rays and keep your home warmer. If the snow becomes a problem, consider having a professional roofer come and take care of it for you.
You should also check your car’s oil and filter if you use it regularly, as this is where oil can become contaminated with rust, dirt, or water. This could cause serious damage to your engine. While you’re at it, you should also clean out the oil on a regular basis with a wire brush and some engine oil. If you’re not familiar with these steps, ask your mechanic for help. It’s a pain to find out that your engine has a blockage after all that time already went by.
A disaster can strike at any time, and it’s best to be prepared. Make sure that you have an emergency kit in your house, and that it’s stocked with a torch, a whistle, a flare, a paracord, a space blanket, a waterproof match container, a small propane tank (for fuel tanks), some food, and water. You should also check with the local fire department to learn what items they might recommend you have in your kit. They may suggest you have a kit with you at all times, as the situations in which you might need it are endless. For instance, if you have a fireplace and it starts acting up, or if you have a gas boiler which catches on fire, etc.
The winter season is a hard time for your mobile phone’s battery. As well, you may find that you have to limit the times that you use it, as the signal weakens significantly, and you may even lose it occasionally. Make sure that your cell phone is fully charged, and is in a location where you can reach it easily in an emergency. This means it shouldn’t be near any source of heat, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep an eye on it during the winter, just to make sure it stays charged. If you have a landline, it’s also important to keep it unblocked and ready for use in case the phone lines are busy and you can’t reach anyone via mobile phone. In case of a power outage, a walkie-talkie can also be quite helpful. Not only will it let you know if someone is on their way to help, but it will also give you the opportunity to describe the situation to them. This could mean the difference between life and death in some situations. When going for a walk during the day, make sure that you bring your mobile phone with you, just in case.
Your car may be protected by ski equipment such as a snowboard and ski jacket, but your home is not. When it comes to the exterior damage that the winter season can cause, it’s best to be prepared. Make sure that your home is safe from snow and ice accumulation, and that there aren’t any dangerous situations caused by the weather. If you’re not sure how to prevent this, call in a professional.
As you can see, there are many ways in which the winter season can be dangerous if you don’t take proper precautions. Make sure that you and your family are as safe as possible during this time, and that you take the advice provided here. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the winter season and all its perks.
Ensure that your walkway is clear of snow and ice, that all outdoor appliances are secured, and that the boiler is cleaned and checked every month. Make sure that your vehicle’s oil and filter are changed regularly, and that your cell phone is charged and ready. Also, be sure to prepare an emergency kit in case of disaster, and stock it with the essentials listed above. Finally, take care around your home during the winter season, and be sure to melt any ice or snow that builds up on your roof. All these things will help keep your home safe and warm this winter season, and we hope this article has helped you. If so, please leave us a comment below. We would love to hear from you! And, as always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about anything mentioned here.