Prepping Your Home for Winter Weather | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest
Baby, it’s cold outside! That’s what some are singing—and rightfully so. The winter season is sneaking up on us, and even though life can be hectic, we can’t forget about safety.
Every season brings its own hazards, and winter is no different. That’s why we want to ensure that we have brought some things to the front of your mind so you can help keep your family and home safe.
Take a look at a few tips about how you can help keep your place safe.
<h3your-family">Protect Your Family
Communicating is something we all do everyday, but do we communicate about safety? You must review an emergency action plan with your family regularly. By doing this, you can help reduce the fear that will set in if something disastrous does happen.
Another thing to do is ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter weather. You can do this by inspecting your vehicle and making sure that it is in good working condition.
Hopefully you already have an emergency safety kit in your car, but now is the time to update it. Be sure to include things like an ice scraper, batteries for flashlights, warm clothing, a blanket and an NOAA radio.
<h3your-home">Protect Your Home
You’re one of the lucky ones if you haven’t had to deal with frozen pipes. This is the biggest threat to homeowners during the winter season. It can cause costly damage to your home and even create more problems in the future.
Heat sources can be a true lifesaver! But before you use any of them, you must be certain that they are in good condition. Be sure to inspect everything from the vents to the electrical wires. If you use a fireplace, ensure it has been cleaned out and is well-ventilated.
<h3your-pets">Protect Your Pets
Pets need our help to take care of them. They shouldn’t be left outdoors during cold weather—bring them in so that they can share in the warmth.
Certainly we know that not all animals can come indoors, so it’s even more important that you are prepping them a safe shelter. It’s also important to make sure they have plenty of food and water that is thawed.
<h3for-melts-and-flooding">Watch for Melts and Flooding
We think of snow and ice as solid, but once the temperature starts to warm up, melting ice and snow can cause dangerous floods.. It’s important that you stay aware of potential flooding and listen to local authorities so that you know what to expect and you can stay prepared.
If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.