It’s time to prepare your home for cold winter weather. Consider the following steps.
- Have your heating system inspected by a qualified contractor. This should be done annually to ensure your safety.
- Change batteries in both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. (Get some and put them up if you don’t have them already!)
- Look for spaces inside and outside where cold air can enter. Check around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and wall penetrations for cables and phone lines. Caulk holes or replace worn weather stripping.
- Add storm windows or attach plastic film on the inside to keep out cold air if windows are drafty.
- If possible, replace old models of electric space heaters with newer ones which have automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing heating elements.
- Be sure space heaters are at least 3 feet away from flammable fabrics such as upholstered furniture or curtains.
- Check fire extinguishers to be sure they are charged. Make sure all family members know the proper way to use a fire extinguisher.