With freezing weather and cold winds, the outside of your home can quickly become full of safety hazards. The smallest tasks like retrieving something from your car can quickly escalate to a trip to the emergency room. Be proactive by following the steps listed below to prepare your family for winter weather and prevent injuries.
- Trimming Trees: If you have trees surrounding your home, take a second to check to see if any of them are dying or if branches are a little too close for comfort. It’s a good idea to trim them away before winter to prevent branches from scraping or falling onto your home or automobile.
- Roof Inspection: The general rule of thumb is to have your roof inspected every 3 to 5 years depending on the type of roof you have. The winter months can be especially hard on your roof and it is always best to get it inspected before the cold weather sets in.
- Keeping Walkways Clear: Keeping walkways clear is the best way to prevent injury. Be proactive when keeping up with the weather forecast and be sure to remove any items that block walkways. When it comes to snow and ice you don’t want any more obstacles in your way while trying to get to your front door. Also, it is a good idea to cover walkways with salt as it prevents snow and ice from forming.
- Clean out Gutters: Once fall has passed and winter sets in, it’s time to clean out your gutters. When your gutters are full, water spills over the edge, resulting in icy walkways and potential flooding so make sure you properly clean them out to prevent slips and flood damage.
- Cover Patio Furniture: To protect your patio furniture make sure you cover them before winter. Be sure to wait until a warm sunny day to cover them so you don’t trap in any moisture.
- Snow Removal: The best way to prepare for snow is to be proactive. So make sure to test any equipment or purchase a snow shovel before the first snow hits.
- Check Drainage: The next time it rains, check to make sure water around your home is draining properly. If you allow water to puddle, you are at a greater risk for flooding and not to mention increasing the ice along walkways. If there is an issue with drainage, contact a professional to assess the situation and discuss further steps.
Taking the right steps now will keep your family safe and healthy! Stay prepared this winter!