Old Man Winter has settled across the United States, bringing its trademark trio of snow, ice and sleet along for the ride. Many people across the southern part of the country are struggling with unaccustomed weather challenges as the temperature drops into unusual territory. Strong storms have caused massive power outages, wreaking havoc on people, places and power grids not used to harsh winter weather. While those of us in the northeast are accustomed to winter’s folly, it doesn’t hurt to revisit some of the precautions to take when faced with winter’s challenges.
YOUR HOME’S SECURITY SYSTEM
If you have a home security system, it’s always a good idea to install a fresh battery before a major storm. Save your old battery as a backup. The folks at Delco Alarm Systems can provide
batteries and give you installation instructions if needed. When you are faced with an extended power outage, you may have to find temporary alternative housing. In that event, your backup batteries will allow you to check the security cameras on your smartphone and keep an eye on your property from afar.
Water sensors are also great tools to have in your property security toolbox, as extensive damage can occur when frozen pipes burst. There are several steps you can take to avoid damage caused by frozen pipes:
Know where the water shutoff valve is located. Shut off the water immediately if a pipe burst.
Let several faucets drip slowly. This will reduce the likelihood of the water freezing. You can collect the water for other uses.
Keep your attached garage door closed and open interior doors and cabinets to keep air flowing. Pay attention to water pipes close to a window or outside wall, as these are prone to freezing. Direct warm air toward these pipes, if possible.
If you have heat, keep your heater set at a minimum of 55 degrees and keep the temperature consistent.
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Carbon monoxide (CO), is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas that can cause illness and death. Called the “silent killer,” exposure to CO will displace the oxygen in people’s bodies and lead to poisoning. CO poisoning is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the U.S. CO is produced by anything that uses gas, wood, coal, propane or oil. Home and water heaters, fireplaces, space heaters, generators and stoves all produce CO. Every home should have at least one CO detector, if not more. Make sure you have a detector in your home’s sleeping areas.
Also, remember never run your vehicle in an attached garage, even with the door open. And keep outside appliances, such as grills, generators and portable fire pits, outside.
Delco Alarm Systems can assist you with making your life safer all year long. If you have any questions or would like information, please call our office at 610-494-9100.