Changes in temperature and new winter activities should shift homeowner safety awareness. Rather than focusing on outdoor barbecues and your swimming pool, you may have to deal with winter-proofing your home to keep your family safe. While North and South Carolina don’t get as cold as the northern states, storms have been known to have a potentially dangerous effect, especially for residents in higher altitudes. Snow can wreak havoc, especially in the Appalachian Mountains, and all residents, visitors, and travelers should be wary of potential risks of colder weather. Here are some tips to keep your family safe this winter season:
Winterize your home. To make sure that your home is prepped for winter, install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows. Water lines that run along any exterior walls should also be insulated. Before it freezes, you should clear out gutters and repair any leaks in the roof.
Keep your heating system well maintained and be prepared with backup. Alternative heating sources can help keep your family in the event of a storm that knocks out power. If you are going to use a fireplace, make sure to have a good supply of wood and keep fire extinguishers accessible. Make sure that kerosene heaters are properly vented and keep electric generators outside and away from windows to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your fireplaces and chimneys are clear.
Have a battery radio and flashlights with extra batteries on-hand. Having emergency backup systems in the event of a snowstorm can keep you feeling secure and safe. You should have a radio so that you can track weather patterns and keep extra flashlights and batteries in case the power goes out.
Don’t forget your car. If you must go out during a storm, make sure that your car has been winterized. Check the radiator and make sure you have enough antifreeze. Winter is also a good time to check tire treads and replace old tires with winter tires. A winter emergency kit should include food and water, extra blankets, clothes, a shovel and other snow removal devices, booster cables, and a first aid kit.
Working outside. Whether stringing Christmas lights, shoveling snow, or handling other weekend chores, work carefully and slowly. Be wary of ice patches and other dangers that could result in slip and fall. When working or playing outside, make sure that you have proper clothing, including hats and gloves. Our Raleigh personal injury attorneys are dedicated to keeping families safe through every season.
Prevent carbon monoxide emergencies. You should install a CO detector in your home in the event of any leak. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but can be deadly if undetected. You should also be familiar with the symptoms of CO poisoning including nausea, headaches, or disorientation. Keep any grill, camp stove or generator outside of the house, basement or garage. Generators should be placed at least 20 feet from the home.
Wind chill factors. Whether heading out in your vehicle or working outside, be wary of wind chill factors. Wind chill can severely reduce how cold it feels and could put you in a more dangerous situation. Bring an emergency kit and cell phone if you are participating in outdoor sports or activities.
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