Have you checked your home for potential hazards as we get ready to enter the winter season? Take some time this week to do a run through of these important safety checks to make sure your household has a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
- ENSURE YOU HAVE SAFE WALKWAYS: Not only do you want to make sure you are keeping your walkways clear of debris, you want to make sure you have everything you need to clear snow or de-ice the walkway if you live in an area where snow and ice is an issue. One of the most common injuries during the winter season is slip-and-fall accidents in the driveway or walkways.
- HAVE YOUR FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY INSPECTED: It is important to have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned each year before use. Soot and built-up creosote can cause fires that can quickly spread to the rest of the home. This can be devastating. Hire a professional to come out to your home to make sure your fireplace is safe to use this winter.
- REPLACE BATTERIES FOR ALL ALARMS: You should make sure that all your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have fresh batteries and that they have all been tested to ensure each one is working properly. Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can be the difference between life and death in a dangerous situation like a house fire or a carbon monoxide leak.
- BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL WINTER HAZARDS: The winter season comes with hazards that are not an issue the rest of the year. We tend to use things that increase the risk of a house fire during the winter. Space heaters, in particular, is something that many of us use but don’t always pay attention to the warning labels. Never leave space heaters running unattended. Turn them off when you leave the house. You should also be aware that Christmas trees can be a potential flammable item in your home this winter and turn the lights off when you go to bed or you leave the house.
- CREATE A SAFETY PLANS AND KITS FOR POTENTIAL EMERGENCIES: Create safety plans for potential winter emergencies that everyone in the family understands. You should have escape routes in case of a fire. You should have supply kits stocked in the case of a winter snow or ice storm that could have you trapped in your home. If you have a generator that you use when the power goes out, make sure everyone understands how to safely use it. The most important thing is that everyone, including the children, know what they are supposed to do during an emergency situation.
We hope these tips help as you get ready for the winter season. If you have a move coming up, give Zippy Shell a call at 888-947-7974 or contact us online through our website. We have a variety of moving and storage options that will you flexibility for a stress-free move. We look forward to hearing from you!