This is part two in a a series about home winterizing. Follow these steps in preparation for cold weather:
These measures help you keep tools ready when you will need them. Replace worn rakes. For equipment you use in other seasons, like a lawn mower, make sure to drain the gas. Clean and dry you summer gardening equipment.
Install Smoke and
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If you don’t have purchase smoke and carbon monoxide detectors purchase them for your home safety. (If you need assistance with installation contact the fire department). Check your batteries and replace if needed. Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and water heater. Make sure that you test your detectors to ensure they are working properly. Buy a home fire extinguisher for your home and replace every ten years.
Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires. Ask a gardener when your trees should be pruned to prevent winter injury. Seal driveways, brick patios, and wood decks. Move sensitive potted plants indoors or to a sheltered area.
Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation. Seal up entry points or cracks to keep small animals from crawling under and into the house. Inspcect all plates for dry rot or pest infestation. Secure crawlspace entrances.
Prevent Plumbing Freezes
Know where your water meter is in the event you need to shut off your water. Drain all garden hoses and air conditioner pipes.. Insulate exposed pipes. If you leave your home for an extended period of time, set your heat to at least 55 degrees.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Buy indoor candles and matches or a lighter in the event of a power outage. Keep phone numbers for utility companies close by for use if needed. Store extra bottled water and nonperishable food supplies (include your pet). Also, keep some extra blankets and a first aid kit available.