10 Tips for a Safe Winter in Your Home

EIFS - 2011-01-27
1)      Make sure your gutters are cleaned. Neglected gutters may become blocked or overflow and can lead to many expensive and dangerous problems including wood-rot, pest infestation & ice dams (when water refreezes at the roof’s edge.)
2)      Install a carbon monoxide alarm near the furnace and any fireplaces that get used and at least one near sleeping areas. 
3)      If you have a fireplace, make sure you have the chimney checked out once a year.   Your chimney should be cleaned and checked for damage by a professional chimney cleaner before starting a fire for the first time. 
4)      Prepare yourself for winter storms. Make sure you have all the supplies you may need in case of ice, snow or a wind storm. This includes snow shovels, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, manual can openers, canned food and blankets.
5)      Consider having your heating system checked by a professional. If your heating system is older then 15 years, consider replacing it with a modern, efficient unit. Replace or clean your furnace air filters.
6)      Space Heaters should have plenty of space around them. They should be placed at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. This includes furniture, dry clothing, blankets and curtains.  Always turn off space heaters before leaving the room or going to sleep.Fireplace
7)      If there is snow make sure to make a clear ice free path from the road to your door.
8)      Burn only seasoned hardwood like oak, ash or maple. Do not burn trash, cardboard boxes or Christmas trees because these items burn unevenly, and may contain poisons or cause a home fire.
9)      Do not attempt to climb on your roof to remove snow. Use a snow rake while standing at ground level or call a professional.
10)  Never use an oven or a range to heat your home.
Make sure your Homeowner’s Policy is up to date. For information on Homeowner’s Insurance contact one of our agents at E.I.F.S.  (631)563-8433

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Diane Senior Says:
Thanks for the great information. Thanks to you

I was able to prevent damage to my home by clearing ice from my gutters before I had a hugh problem.

Diane S, Ronkonkoma, NY

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