The holidays & New Years are just around the corner, it’s time for some home maintenance before guests arrive. Much of the country experiences snowy conditions during the holiday season. And with snow, comes accidents–with accidents, there are expensive repairs, and perhaps even medical bills. You certainly don’t want to be the holiday party host whose guests had to evacuate the party because the holiday decorations caught on fire or slipped on icy stairs. Rather than becoming liable for these accidents, take a few extra steps to host a warm, comfortable party that can be enjoyed by all. When it comes to winter home safety, here are five small steps you can take.
Check your stairs. I cannot emphasize the importance of having safe, functional stairs, especially when hosting guests. Check both indoor and outdoor stairs. If everything is as it should be and in working order, check to make sure you also have stable railing and if it’s outside you must spread salt down them as well.
Smoke Detector Maintenance
Change your smoke detector batteries at least twice a year and be sure to have a few extra on hand.Test your detectors before lighting candles, setting up holiday lights, or cooking for guests. By taking these quick steps you can have peace of mind knowing your fire detectors are active and alert.
Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detector
Not only are smoke detectors important this time of year, but also, carbon monoxide detectors are especially important in the winter. Carbon monoxide can sneak up on you & your family. Place CO2 detectors on each floor of your home, and close to bedrooms to ensure you have a protective detection method in place to keep you & your loved ones safe. Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by remembering not to heat your home with a gas range or oven, and do not warm your car or idle it in a closed garage.
Clean Vents & Chimneys
Don’t forget to clean out your vents and chimneys, as during the colder months, your heater has been working overtime. This simple task is an effective way to prevent house fires (and to optimize warmth). Whether your home has traditional vents or a dramatic masonry fireplace, be sure to keep an out for buildup.
Whether there is ice or snow on your walkways always do your best to clear the paths as soon as possible. Clearing these walkways of ice, snow, leaves, and branches is an important step in prepping your home for holiday guests. Don’t forget to throw salt on your sidewalks and paths as well. As far as company is concerned, ice is only good in drinks.
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