7 “Get Ready” Tips for the Fall & Winter Road Ahead
Remove leaves, debris and obstructions now to leave room for melting snow and ice drainage later.
Clean Around Outdoor HVAC Units
Keep at least 2-3 feet of space clear in the areas surrounding them.
Turn on Your Heater/Furnace
You’ll know immediately if there’s a problem. If you wait until the first freeze you could be in for a chilly interruption.
Exposed pipes should be wrapped to protect them from freezing weather. You don’t want to be squeezing into a crawl space in the dead of winter.
Have Chimneys and Flues Checked & Cleaned
If your house has chimneys, flues, vents or wood burning stoves, it’s critical to have them cleaned and serviced every year. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that more than 20,000 residential fires per year can be traced back to unchecked fireplaces and chimneys.
Inspect All Alarms
The change of seasons can be risky for both fires and carbon monoxide. Now is the time to change the batteries in all of your detectors and alarms.