02 November 2016

Winter Home Hazards You NEED to Be Prepared For

As we all know, we are now going into winter. The temperature is dropping and we're spotting frost and condensation on the windows early in the morning, too. This can be a really fun time in many family households. Fresh from the excitement of Halloween, most of us are now looking towards Thanksgiving and then Christmas. Whether this is a with a sense of excitement (or dread) all depends on the kind of family you are! But either way, you will need to be prepared for winter and the extreme effects it can have on your home. There are so many positives when it comes to winter time in the home. Cosy nights snuggled up in front of the fire and hearty evening meals in your warm kitchen whilst it's freezing outside are just some of them. But you also need to be aware of the dangers bad weather and darker nights can result in for both your and your family - especially if you have young children.


Storms--

Storms can hit at any time of year. So, they are not just winter-specific. More serious storms such as hurricanes tend to occur more frequently during the summer than the winter due to warmer oceans and a tropical atmosphere. But this doesn't mean to say that racing winds and swirling snow won't hit your town this year. What might seem as just a bit of strong wind can actually cause a lot of damage to your property, which could take a lot of time and money to clear up afterwards. It is important to take necessary precautions prior to winter storm season just in case you do get hit. The first thing to do is to check your home insurance to see if you are covered. If you aren't, and the likelihood of bad weather conditions is high where you live, consider upgrading. Move all your patio furniture indoors; there is nothing worse than your outdoor seating being thrown straight into your car by strong wind. Issues with roofs can also prove themselves to be big problems in winter. As well as loose tiles causing a drought and looking unsightly, they can also be a major health and safety hazard to yourself and pedestrians. Make sure you get your roof checked before winter hits and repair anything you think is amiss. You also should have a strong snow blower in your shed, it would be best if you buy a two-stage snow blower. It's very helpful after heavy snowfall.


Dark Nights--

Once the clocks go back in October, it starts to get dark around 5 pm, rather than six or seven at night. As winter progresses, you can expect darkness to fall at around 4 pm in December and January. This can bring with it a lot of hazards that you need to be aware of. One of them is the danger of facing a break-in to your home. Burglars and robbers tend to prefer to operate during daytime hours when people are out of the home. But if they can, a break-in under the cover of daytime darkness is even better for them. Neighbors are less likely to notice them, so they get the benefit of a nighttime break-in without anyone being in the home. In order to protect your family and your home, read some at&t home security reviews before deciding on the best security system for you. The premature darkness can also throw up other problems, such as people tripping and falling around the exterior of your home. Consider installing some LED lights to light the way up to your front door, so your children and visitors don't hurt themselves.


Frozen Pipes--

One of the worst things that can happen to your home in winter is getting a frozen pipe. Frozen pipes can often lead to burst pipes, which are messy and expensive to fix. Plus, your family being without hot water in the dead of winter isn't what anyone needs for a happy Thanksgiving! Your pipes are most likely to freeze and then burst if they are in areas of your home which are already poorly insulated. Examples of this are your basement, your attic, and any pipes you may have running outside the home. There are two ways you can help prevent burst pipes during the winter. One of them is leaving your faucet running most of the time, even at just a trickle. This prevents the water pressure building up, ultimately what causes the burst. But, clearly, it is an expensive way to go about dealing with this problem. The best way is to invest in fiberglass or foam sleeves to cover your pipes with, as this will insulate them and stop the water freezing as it runs through.

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