The onset of winter brings with it a decrease in temperature as well many possible unfavourable weather conditions such as snow, slush, ice, and freezing rain. These changes can not only affect on our daily routines, but also our home security. As winter begins, it is a good idea create a checklist to make sure your home is safe and ready.
The main concern during the winter season is generally to stay warm. Make sure your heating system is functioning properly. If you are unsure, you may want to call an HVAC technician to come and check it out for you. It is a good idea to have an inspection and cleaning done before the cold weather arrives. Having a back up plan is wise, in case your heat source breaks down on you. Possible contingencies include a plug in space heater, firewood, and warm clothes and blankets.
Making sure your heating is ready to go and working properly is the first step. The next step is to keep the warm air in, and the cold air out. Make sure windows and doors are secured, not letting in any drafts. Plastic can be used to cover drafty windows, and floor mats used to plug any space under doors. Good insulation is also a good way to keep your winter heating bill down.
Snow and Ice
One of the most troublesome aspects of the winter season is the build up of snow and ice. If you are not able to shovel snow from your driveway on your own, arrange for an alternative solution. Have a family member help if available, or hire someone to come by and shovel your driveway and walkway after a snow fall. Even more hazardous is the build up of ice on stairs and walkways. Be sure to salt icy stairs and walkways to prevent falls.
Along with the usual irksome conditions winter brings with it, more severe conditions like blizzards, ice storms, and hail should also be taken into consideration. Heavy storms and freezing temperatures can cause power outages as well as blocked roads. To be prepared for this kind of emergency it is suggested to have a few supplies and safety items on hand:
- Food (non-perishable items)
- First aid kit
- Radio (preferably battery powered)
- Extra batteries
- Candles (and matches or a lighter)
- Back-up power generator
Being prepared for emergencies and other unexpected situations can provide you with the serenity to relax and enjoy the winter season worry-free. If you have any questions or concerns regarding winter safety, please contact the Retire-At-Home Toronto office.