Forecasters are predicting brutal winter weather will hit the Northeast this week. Make sure you and your property are ready for whatever Mother Natures throws at us.
“Since the costliest winter insurance event in U.S. history occurred in 2021, after a deep freeze caused widespread property damage in multiple states, reducing the risks caused by colder temperatures has taken on added urgency,” said Sean Kevelighan, CEO of the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I). “Risk mitigation is the key to reducing property damage and one
of the reasons insurers and policyholders are moving away from ‘detect and repair’ and toward ‘predict and prevent.’” Preventing burst pipes is critical when the weather is frigid. Triple-I recommends keeping your home’s thermostat to a minimum of 65 degrees. Also, letting hot and cold faucets drip will help prevent your pipes from freezing.
A water leak detection system can detect leaks, giving you time to shut off your water, make repairs and prevent major water damage. Some people have several water detectors throughout their homes, such as in the basement, near a sump pump or close to a washing machine. Even a small water leak can be costly. Delco Alarm technicians can help you determine what type of water detector is best for your home.
Snow and wind can cause extensive damage to your home. Your security system has a battery backup, which will last approximately two to five hours. A backup battery is always useful. Clear
snow and ice off of outdoor security cameras. Also, be sure to remove any snow or ice off that has accumulated on outdoor exhaust vents for home furnaces or hot water heaters. Power outages can last for hours or days. Use flashlights and battery-operated camping lamps for lighting. Candles can cause fires. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Wear layers of clothing if it is cold.
Never use a gas stove for heat. Emergency generators are to be kept outside, away from windows and doors. Disconnect appliances to protect from power surges. Some other common-sense preparations include charging your cell phones, stocking up on extra batteries, water, snacks, pet food and non-perishable food. Place snow shovels, rock salt and other snow-removal items where they are easily reached.
Remember, stay off the roads if possible. Keep pets indoors. And stay safe. If you would like information on water detectors or backup batteries for security systems call Delco Alarm Systems at 610-494-9100.