With Back to School season now in full swing in September. Sure signs that fall is coming are shorter days and the start of school. Fall also means it’s time to begin preparing our homes for oncoming cooler weather.
Here are some tips to help keep you safe and warm.
1. Check for leaks and drafts coming from your windows and doors. Weather stripping and caulking are easy measures to apply. For more complicated problems, it’s best to call a professional.
2. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Fall is when we start heating our homes and lighting fireplaces, so testing now can same some grief when it’s colder.
3. Store or cover seasonal furniture. Remember to clean it first and put in a dry place.
4. Prepare for power outages. Winter storms can affect the power grid, so be sure to replace your flashlight batteries and have candles and matches on hand. If you’re snuggling around a fireplace to keep warm, make sure to keep the immediate area free of anything that can burn. Warning: don’t cook over a gas fireplace, they’re not safety tested or designed for cooking.
5. Winterize your air conditioning. Window units should be removed or covered (check the bylaws if you live in a strata) to prevent air leaks.
6. Inspect the roof and clean the gutters. Check for damaged shingles, cracks, and other obvious signs of damage. Debris-free gutters will prevent water pooling and potential damage. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation, sidewalks, and driveways.
7. Trim back trees and shrubs around your home. Summer growth could damage power lines and roofs during winter storms if left unchecked.
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