Winter Safety Tips

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Winter has arrived, plan ahead for extremely cold weather with a supply of these items in the event a winter storm or power outage prevents you from leaving home.

  • Flashlights and extra batteries *
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries *
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • Emergency non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration *
  • Bottled water
  • One week supply of essential medicines *
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency heating equipment, used properly

Winterize Your Home
Take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:

  • Have your heating system checked by a professional annually. This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money. If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove. Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary, insulate walls and attic. This will help you to conserve energy and reduce your homes power demands for heat.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside. This will provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping more cold air out.
  • Inspect and flush your water heater.
  • Clean gutters. Leaves and other debris will hamper drainage.
  • Replace batteries of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors. If you did not do it when you set the clocks back, do it now.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
  • Call Markatos and we’ll send out our Handymen to help you winterize your home before it’s too late! (302) 792-0606

Staying Warm Indoors
If your heat goes out during a winter storm, you can keep warm by closing off rooms you do not need.

  • Use only safe sources of alternative heat such as a cleaned fireplace, small well-vented wood or coal stove or portable space heaters. Always follow manufacturers instructions.
  • Install a smoke detector and a battery operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater and avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If you are over 65 years old, place an easy to read thermometer indoor where you will see it frequently as the ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age.
  • Dress in layers of lightweight clothing and wear a cap.
  • Eat well-balanced meals and never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors since the fumes are deadly.
  • If you have pets, bring them indoors.

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