While we may be enjoying the last few of these sunny, lighter jacket kind of days, the cold weather known to hit this region during the fall and winter months is on the horizon. As the temperature starts to drop, follow these tips for keeping you and your family safe and warm.
- Dress warm. This is pretty obvious, but it’s important to wear layers, gloves, and a hat when you’re outside to avoid getting sick or even more serious conditions like frostbite or hypothermia. If you have children, remind them to wear their coats and cold weather gear to school or outside to play.
- Heat your house safely. We recently shared some safety tips on heating your home safely with wood and pellet stoves and fireplaces. It’s important to have any heating source serviced before using. Also, be conscious of using space heaters, and never use a kitchen oven or stove to heat your home.
- Pay attention to pets. Don’t leave your furry friends outside too long in the colder weather. If you have outdoor pets, bring them indoors. If you can’t, make sure they have shelter near your home to keep them warm and get food and water when needed.
- Prepare your home. Make sure you have the necessary tools (rakes, snow shovels, etc.) to keep your yard and sidewalks clear of any slipping hazards. Secure any outside structures and keep tools stored in a safe place. If you have exterior doors or windows that are letting in cold air, secure them or have them fixed or replaced before the freezing temperatures hit.
- Get your vehicle ready. Have your vehicle serviced before inclement weather strikes. You’ll want to make sure you have good tires, wiper blades, working headlights and blinkers, etc. Make sure you stock your vehicle with an emergency kit and snow/ice brushes and scrapers.
- Take care of yourself. With the cold weather, comes the dreaded cold/flu. Make sure you are taking precautions, such as washing your hands, to keep yourself healthy and avoid getting sick. If you do get sick, stay home from work to avoid spreading it to others.
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Winter is the worst season for residential fires. Before the cold weather season is in full swing, make sure your smoke alarms are working properly. If you haven’t already equipped your home with carbon monoxide detectors, now is the time to do so. Don’t forget that monitored smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can provide greater peace of mind, and can also be tied in to your existing Select Security SmartHome system.