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How to Keep Your Home Safe with All This Crazy SnowFebruary 24, 2015

With large parts of the country receiving many feet of snowfall recently, living conditions have become a lot more hazardous than normal. If left unchecked, large amounts of snow can cause irreparable damage to properties. As a result, it is crucial to keep the following safety tips in mind when it comes to safeguarding your home during what has become one of the coldest and snowiest winters in many years.

Remove Heavy Snow from your Roof

An overload of snow on your roof that is left to accumulate indefinitely can cause it to collapse, which in turn will result in your or other family members being injured. It can also result in water seepage, moldy ceilings, flooded attics and broken or damaged gutters – all of which will result in severe damage being caused to the inside of your home. Snow should be removed from your home’s roof by carefully scraping at the bottom few inches of it with a snow rake or shovel. If you are not physically fit, it is not recommended that you attempt this task yourself.

Prepare Ahead of Time

In most cases, you will receive advance warning of impending snowstorms and blizzards. Once these have been broadcast, it is time to start making the necessary preparations that will keep your family comfortable while being confined indoors for a few days. These should include stocking up on at least a week’s supply of food for your family and pets, prescription medication (if applicable for anyone in the family), enough drinking water to last a few days, flashlights with fresh batteries, firewood (if applicable), copies of personal documents (in the event of having to evacuate), charged cellphones and non-electronic forms of entertainment such as books, crafts or board games.

Pay Close Attention to Open Flames

During a snowstorm, it is not uncommon for electricity and gas supplies to be cut for safety reasons or due to storm damage. If you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace, this can not only be used to keep you warm; it can also be used to cook food. However, wood fires that are not closely supervised can quickly become out of control, especially if a burning ember shoots out of the fire and lands on carpeting or any other flooring surface. It is also strongly recommended that a fireplace guard be used, especially if you have young children or pets, as this will prevent them from getting too close to the fire and burning themselves.

If you are using candles, it is crucial to thoroughly extinguish them before leaving the room or going to bed, as they can easily topple over and start a fire. If you are prepared ahead of time, you will find it a lot easier to cope with having to stay indoors with your family and pets for an extended period of time. Paying close attention to news broadcasts will also help keep you informed with regards to any changes that may occur in weather patterns.

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