With the cold weather of winter upon us, it's time to think about how to best protect your house from the dangers of snow, ice, sleet, and sub-zero temperatures.
Here are a few simple, inexpensive ways to prevent any damage this winter:
The winter season also brings with it the increased risk of fire within a home, stemming mainly from what Trusted Choice insurance agents deem the "Four C's": chimneys, candles, Christmas trees, and children.
Each of these potential firestarters can be kept under control with simple and time-tested methods of prevention, detailed in the following section.
Chimneys add loads of character to any house, but the risk of fire damage is ever-present. The best way to prevent a chimney fire is to ensure that the fireplace is in proper working order. Some other tips include:
Fragrant candles can lighten a room and create a wonderful holiday atmosphere, but important steps need to be taken to prevent any accidental fire damage. Most fires started by candles occur because an item close by ignites, including bedding, furniture and curtains.
The best ways to prevent candle fires are also the simplest: double check to make sure all candles are extinguished before going to bed at night and keep all flammable objects at a safe distance.
Whether natural or artificial, Christmas trees pose a significant fire risk, with over 300 home fires being attributed to trees each year. The most common instigators of tree fires are electrical problems, heat sources placed too close to the tree, and the fourth "c", children.
There are lots of ways to lessen the risk of a tree igniting, some of which include:
Christmas is a magical time for small children and often, their natural curiosity can be a hazard to your home and belongings. It's important to consider children when positioning your decorations, while following these simple guidelines:
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