Winter Tips for Your Home and Car
Winter is here. Below are some tips for your home and car.
- If you use a wood-burning fireplace, contact a chimney sweep to have it cleaned and inspected.
- Contact a Heating Specialist to verify that your furnace is in proper working order.
- The heating ducts need to be cleaned every 5 years.
- Check your plumbing system closely since burst water pipes can spew hundreds of gallons of water into your home. Heat tape should be used on any pipes that are exposed to extremely cold weather.
- Learn how to shut your water off and know where your pipes are located. The quicker you can turn off the water supply, the more likely you can minimize damage from burst pipes.
- If you have a summer home exposed to cold weather in your absence, be sure to have the water system properly drained to keep pipes from freezing or bursting.
- Have any cracked or missing roof shingles replaced and verify that flashing around the vent pipes or chimney is watertight.
- Clear drains and gutters of leaves and debris to avoid Ice Dams
- Test generator.
- Make sure your Flashlights have good batteries. I have found the Small Flashlights that you can wear on your head and take AAA batteries to be very handy as they keep your hands free and are pretty bright. I keep them in different rooms in the home.
- Keep several Fire Extinguishers around your home and make sure everyone knows how to use them.
- Keep Cat Litter or Sand in your vehicle to assist if you get stuck in the snow/ice.
- Keep Gloves, Hat, Coat & Blanket in car during the Winter in case of emergency.
- Keep an Ice Scraper & Brush in the car to clear your car off.
- Have your Car Battery, Fluids, Belts & Hoses checked to avoid problem in cold weather.
- Have new Windshield Wipers installed every 6-12 months.
- Get an Emergency Kit for your car (Jumper Cables, Flashlight, Fire Extinguisher, Road Flairs or Reflective Triangles, Gloves)
- Check your tire tread depth and tire pleasure for best traction.
- Keep a Flashlight in the car with spare batteries. You may also be able to download a Flashlight App on your Smart Phone.
- Make sure your car phone charger is in the car.
- Do you have AAA PLUS? If you do not have a new car warrantee with Service, we strongly recommend AAA PLUS.
- Don’t drive with a near empty gas tank. You never know when you will be stuck in traffic behind a closed road due to an accident. Also the Condensation can freeze in your gas line.
- Remember, having all wheel drive helps you go but it does not help you stop. Keep your distance in the winter so you are not the cause of an accident.
We Can Help
For further information or questions, please contact Brian P. Boak, CLU, LUTCF, at
201-837-1100 or Brian.Boak@singernelson.com