As an investor or tenant, the winter months are an important time of the year to take into consideration some basic home safety tips. As the year draws to a close, keep these five tips in mind and share them with others to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for you and your family.
- Be Prepared
First and foremost, be prepared. In the event that the power goes out, use flashlights for lighting. Never use candles. You and your family should know where the flashlights are stored so they can be accessed easily. It is always a good idea to have extra batteries on hand in case you need them.
- Protect your pipes
To help prevent frozen water pipes during colder weather, open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around water pipes. Let cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. This will help prevent pipes from freezing.
- Fireplace safety
When using a fireplace, maintain the proper precautions. Always use a glass or metal screen around the fireplace and never leave a fire unattended. It is also important to inspect the fireplace and determine if it requires gas logs or if it is a wood burning fireplace. Use extreme caution when using gas fireplaces and abide by all safety procedures recommended for their use.
- Space heaters
If you use a space heater, ensure you are using it correctly by following the manufacturer’s safety and usage instructions. Keep children and pets away from the space heater during use. Never use it to dry wet clothing. Do not leave it on when you leave the room or when you go to sleep.
- Check your smoke alarms
At least once per month, check that your smoke alarms are in good working condition by pressing the “test” button. Replace the batteries immediately when needed.
If you are ever in doubt about any of the items listed above, be sure to contact your property manager. Visit the American Red Cross website for more winter safety tips.