Protect Your Home – Winter and Holidays

The top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.

  • Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
  • Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
  • Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits.
  • Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from becoming dry.

To help keep pipes from freezing:

  • Cover exposed pipes with insulation sleeves to slow the heat transfer. The more insulation the better.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulk.
  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Drain the water system, especially if your home will be unattended during cold periods.
  • As an extra precaution, install a temperature alarm to notify you in case of sudden changes.

Take these steps to avoid ice dams:

  • Keep the attic well ventilated. The colder the attic, the less melting and refreezing on the roof.
  • Keep the attic floor well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the home.
  • As an extra precaution against roof leaks, have a contractor install a water repellent membrane under your roof covering.

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