Saturday, 8 December 2012

Home Maintenance

When we think of home maintenance we often think of spring and fall home preparation however, there is much that needs to be done in the winter to ensure the safety and comfort of our families.

Consider these tips to keep your home systems running optimally and that you rest easy this winter!
-Replace smoke detector batteries.
-Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season.
-Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional to prevent chimney fires.
-Vacuum fire and smoke detectors, as dust or spider webs can prevent them from functioning.
-Check fire escape routes, door and window locks and hardware, and lighting around outside of house; ensure family has good security habits.
-Check electrical cords, plugs and outlets for all indoor and outdoor seasonal lights to ensure fire safety; if worn, or if plugs or cords feel warm to the touch, replace immediately.
-Keep snow clear of gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and basement windows.
-Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent them from seizing.
-Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season.
-Vacuum bathroom fan grille.

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