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Prepare Your Home for Winter

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

As colder weather is approaching quickly here in New England, we want to ensure you receive tips to prepare your homes and commercial buildings for the winter ahead. Water damage due to freezing pipes or melting snow doesn’t sound like the gift we all want.

Key Tips

-Make a family communication plan for everyone residing in the home. It is important to know how you will contact one another if disaster strikes. You will want a premeditated plan on how you will get back together in case of an emergency.

-Keep a space heater safety in mind. Ensure they remain at least 3 feet away from all furniture and drapes or anything that could cause a fire.

-Create an emergency kit for at least three days of supply.

Preparing Your Home

-Ensure your home is well insulated including weather stripping around doors and windows to ensure the warm air doesn’t escape or cold air doesn’t enter.

-Ensure all fire alarm detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

-Learn how to shut off water valves in the unfortunate events a pipe bursts and you need to stop the leak.

-Keep fire extinguishers on hand. With alternate heating sources typically being turned too during the cold months it poses a higher risk for fires.

-Have a prepared emergency kit including extra heat sources in case of a power outage

               -Extra blankets, sleeping bags, coats,

               -Gas log fireplace, dry firewood, alternative heating source

               -Cell phone with an emergency charging option

We hope these tips will help you be prepared for the cold winter days ahead. SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco and The Sebago Lakes Region is here to keep you as safe as possible!

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