Just where did the summer go? It was here one moment and now it's gone! Winter is nearly upon us which means colder weather, chances of snow, and a whole range of safety hazards that we need to prepare for. Are you ready for the chillier weeks ahead?
There is much you need to keep in mind where safety is concerned, so, let's consider the ways in which you can keep both yourself and your property safe during the winter period.
#1: Inspect your roof
If there are loose or missing shingles on your roof, you may be in for a very chilly surprise if the weather turns nasty and rain or snow gets into your home. The bitter cold air will be unpleasant to experience too. Now is the time to inspect your roof, but do it from down below if you can to avoid an accident taking place. If you suspect there are issues or if you want peace of mind that there isn't, call out a roofing professional to check and make any necessary repairs to your roof and chimney.
#2: Keep your walkways clear
Many people love seeing snow during the winter, especially the kids who love to build snowmen and have snowball fights. But when it falls onto your walkways, it can prove to be a hazard, especially when it turns into slippery slush. Ice can also be hazardous. You need to keep your walkways clear of both snow and ice, so clear it yourself if you're able or consider the services of local snow removal companies if there is far too much for you to manage alone.
#3: Purchase outdoor lighting
Do you have outdoor lighting for your home? Not only is it an effective way to keep burglars away but it can help you tread carefully in the winter months when the darkness draws in early. Motion sensor lights are recommended for the sake of your energy bills, as you don't want lights that are on all of the time. Consider your options according to your budget and purchase whatever is right for you to reduce the risks of slips and falls.
#4: Prepare a survival kit
If the power goes out or if the weather is so bad that you can't make it to the shops, you may be stuck without a winter survival kit. This is why you need to prepare what you might need in advance to ensure you aren't left without essentials. It's wise to have a supply of bottled water, for example, just in case your pipes freeze. And blankets, sleeping bags, and other items that can keep you warm in the event of a power outage are also recommended. Here are the other emergency supplies you should consider for your survival kit.
There is much more you can do of course, especially in the way of winter home maintenance, so make a list of jobs that need doing before the winter closes in. By taking the appropriate steps now, you will keep your home safe and protect the wellbeing of those within it!