Insurance helps protect your home and possessions in the event something bad happens, but prevention should be the first line of defense. During the winter, there are different threats to you and your possessions. Here are a few tips that can help you keep things safe and secure over the winter months.
One of the worst offenders during the winter is broken pipes. If a pipe breaks it can flood your home and ruin possessions. It’s an easy problem to avoid, however. If you have water lines that run to outdoor faucets or plumbing, make sure that these lines are turned off, or designed to not freeze. If you’re going away for a period of time, make sure you don’t turn off your home’s heating system. If your house gets too cold, pipes could freeze and burst. You may even want to drain your water system if you’ll be away for a long period. It may also be a good idea to ask a neighbor to check on your home and make sure the heat is working while you’re gone.
Another possible danger during the winter is blocked exhaust vents for your heater. Most homes have a heater exhaust vent somewhere on the roof or high up. But some homes may have them closer to the ground. In the event of a snow storm, snow may wind up blocking these vents. Make sure to clear away any snow that may cover the exhaust vents that can lead to carbon monoxide building up in your home. You’ll also want to have heaters and fireplaces inspected every year to prevent accidents that may cause fire or carbon monoxide filling your home.
Outside of Your House
During the colder months, you’ll want to start your car before you head out somewhere to let it warm up. But it’s immensely important that you move the car outside before letting it run. Never leave a car running in a garage. If it snows, make sure your clear your walkway, steps, and driveway and take precautions to keep these areas from icing. Winter weather can easily lead to slippery conditions, so make sure there are no falls, by taking proper care.
It’s important to use whatever preventative measures to keep your homes safe, but sometimes you cannot be prepared for emergencies. That’s where insurance helps. Insurance can help you recover from those moments no one is prepared for. ABCO can help you find a plan that will help you further protect your home and your possessions. So, contact our team today!