It’s Time to Review Homeowner Safety Tips!
To prevent frozen/burst pipes and water damage. Insulate the pipes inside your unit to minimize any damage.
If you plan to go away, shut off the main water supply to your unit. When the unit is unoccupied, leave your heat on no lower than 50 degrees to minimize potential risk.
Shut off all interior water supply to the exterior sill-cocks, then drain them by leaving the outside valve open.
If the power goes out and/or you are no longer receiving a water supply, the potential of your pipes freezing is even greater. It is best to shut off the main water supply valve, then open all the taps so the remaining water in the pipes trickles out and leaves no pressure in the system.
It is generally a good idea to know the location of all your utility shut-offs, i.e. for the electric and gas.
Use Ice Melt only on concrete, as salt is harmful to concrete surfaces.
Replace washer hoses.
Have heating systems tuned up before you really need them. Replace your furnace filter frequently to allow heating and cooling systems to operate properly.
Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper.
Review fire escape plans with your family.
Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Be sure to change the batteries regularly.
Ensure all doors and windows are adequately caulked to reduce heating/cooling loss.