HTC Communications may be a telecommunications contractor but we do work with many general contractors. Here are some tip we discovered over the years to help protect you and your home from the winter elements.
- Have safe emergency heating equipment in your home, as well as a flashlight, portable radio and three days’ worth of food in case the power goes out.
- Locate the water shut-off valve in your home in advance of a water emergency, so you know where to go if a pipe bursts.
- Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
- If you’re going away for an extended period of time, be sure to maintain adequate heat inside your home at no lower than 55 degrees.
- Don’t place a space heater within three feet of anything combustible.
- Program your local utility contact information into your cell phone now, before you need them.
- Change your furnace filter once a month.
- Clean your gutters before it gets to cold.
- Make sure you attic is vented – this is good for you home during all seasons.
- Keep your pets inside. Dogs and cats left outside can freeze, get injured or become lost. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang on the hood of your car before starting the engine to give them a chance to escape. The ASPCA suggests wiping your dog’s legs and stomach down when he or she comes in from snowy or icy conditions. Dogs can ingest salt, antifreeze and other chemicals when licking their paws. Never leave your pet inside a car unattended.
We hope that you find these tips helpful! Please be safe and stay warm!