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Winter Home Safety Tips

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Here are some tips for keeping your house safe through these long winter months:

We have had fairly severe temperature swings this winter, so, during one of the thaws, check and trim tree branches near your house before another ice storm and heavy snowfall occur.

While it can make economic sense to turn down the thermostat when you leave, make sure you leave enough heat running to keep pipes from freezing. Most experts suggest leaving the temperature set at a minimum of 55-58 degrees. Leave a faucet on an exterior wall dripping slightly and open cabinet doors under a sink to help keep those particular pipes from freezing.

When leaving your home, make sure all space heaters are turned off and candles are blown out.Make sure exterior doors are fastened properly – a strong wind can inadvertently lower your home’s temperature to freezing and cause your furnace to go into overdrive.

Finally, keep your driveway plowed for any emergency vehicles that may have to find you.

Most importantly, let’s all think spring!

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