The worst winter storms could trap you inside your home several days. It’s important to be alert to changing weather conditions and prepare your home and family for the worst if a storm is headed your way. Brush up on the following advice to ensure the safety and warmth of you and your family this winter:
· Have your chimney and heating systems inspected/cleaned before winter sets in to reduce the risk of fire. Double check smoke alarms and change batteries if necessary.
· Install carbon monoxide detectors in each central area of your home. If an alarm sounds, move quickly outdoors for fresh air and call 911. Carbon monoxide, a deadly gas, is a colorless, odorless byproduct of combustion.
· Clean debris out of your gutters to ease proper water flow and trim dead branches off trees to prevent them from falling under the weight of snow.
· Wrap pipes in heating tape or blankets/rags. Open your faucets enough for water to slowly drip. Locate where to shut off your water supply and do so immediately if your pipes freeze to keep them from bursting.
· Caulk and weather-strip your doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping.
· Position generators outdoors, away from doors and windows. Never use gasoline or propane-burning devices indoors.
· Compile an emergency kit. Include items such as food, drinking water, blankets, warm clothing, first aid supplies, flashlights with extra batteries, salt/sand for traction, snow shovels, heating fuel, dry wood and a fire extinguisher.
· Avoid traveling (even driving around town) as much as possible. Keep emergency supplies in your car if you do have to drive.
· Stay indoors until the storm has passed. When venturing outdoors, dress in dry, warm layers of clothing.
· If you notice anyone with signs of frostbite or hypothermia, such as pale white extremities, uncontrollable shaking or disorientation, immediately call 911. Change the person into dry clothing and have them drink hot, non-alcoholic beverages until help arrives.
We can help you protect your home year-round. Call Prime Insurance Agency at 630-442-0282 for more information on Schaumburg home insurance.