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 repellentmembrane under your roof covering.