It's not quite winter yet, but the cold weather is approaching quickly. We referenced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather some tips for preparing your home and family for the colder months.
While the temperatures don't plummet too low in Northern Virginia, it's best to prepare for cold weather each winter. It's always possible that it will happen.
Here are some tips:
1. Have your chimney or flue inspected yearly. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under "chimney cleaning."
2. If you plan to use a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Be sure to test them monthly and replace batteries twice per year.
3. As people get older, their ability to sense changes in temperature decreases. Older people are more susceptible to health issues caused by cold. Installing a thermometer somewhere in your home (especially if older individuals are living there) is recommended.
4. If you have water lines along exterior walls, be sure that they are insulated so they are less likely to freeze.
5. If you have pets, bring them inside. If you're unable to bring them indoors, make sure they have adequate shelter to keep warm. It's also important that they have access to unfrozen water. See our guide to a pet friendly home and ASPCA's cold weather safety tips.
Overall, here is a helpful winter home checklist:
- Insulate walls and attic.
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
- Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
- Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls. This will make water less likely to freeze.
- Service snow-removal equipment.
- Have chimney and flue inspected.
- Install easy-to-read outdoor thermometer.
- Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
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