Whether it’s extreme cold, icy conditions, or snowstorms, the winter months can be hazardous. To help you stay safe this season, here are some essential home safety tips to keep in mind to keep your family safe this winter.
Install or Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One of the best ways to ensure your home is safe is to install and check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Smoke detectors are critical for detecting smoke from a fire and alerting you to the danger. It’s important to have them installed in all rooms of your home and any hallways that lead to exits. Make sure to test them regularly and replace their batteries when needed. Additionally, consider installing interconnected detectors, which can detect smoke from one room and send an alarm throughout the house.
Carbon monoxide detectors are also essential for keeping your home safe. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly if not detected in time. Be sure to install a detector on every level of your home and near all sleeping areas and any combustion source (such as your water heater or furnace).
Do Not Use Space Heaters Without Supervision
Space heaters are a great way to keep your home warm during the cold winter months; however, if used incorrectly, they can be dangerous. If you plan to use a space heater in your home, it is essential to be careful to prevent potential accidents.
· Only use space heaters with adult supervision. Do not leave children or pets alone with space heaters, as they may accidentally tip them over or touch them, resulting in severe burns.
· Keep space heaters away from furniture and drapes, as they can easily catch fire if they come in contact with them. Additionally, purchase a space heater with an automatic shutoff feature if it tips over.
· Never leave a space heater on when you are away from home or sleeping.
Watch for Ice on Walkways and Driveways
Snow and ice can make navigating driveways and walkways difficult during the winter months. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe this season:
· Make sure walkways and driveways are clear of snow and ice. Be sure to salt or shovel your walkways and driveways regularly, as well as keep them cleared of debris.
· Wear appropriate footwear when outside. Good traction is essential for walking on snow and ice, so choose shoes or boots with thick soles and deep treads.
· Use railings or grab bars when walking on icy surfaces. This can help keep you balanced and steady, reducing the risk of slipping.
Want to Learn More About Winter Weather and Your Home Insurance?
By following the above tips, you can help keep yourself and your family safe this winter. Be sure to stay aware of your surroundings and take extra precautions when walking or driving on snow or ice-covered surfaces. Call the team at Eaton Insurance Services to learn more about winter weather safety and home preparedness.
This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.