Last month we covered how to prevent water damage to your home so this month we are looking at ways to protect your home from the elements so that you can relax and enjoy the holiday without having any emergencies or costly problems.
Fire is a big hazard over the Christmas and New Year period. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home.
Try and get into the habit of turning your Christmas tree lights off before you go to bed in case there is an electrical fire. You can also purchase trees now which have a handy timer on them to automatically turn off.
A cosy fireplace is the centrepiece for many homes in the holiday season. Make sure you give it a good clean out before you start burning any fires, so no bits of plastic or highly flammable items are left in there.
Clean out the chimney to remove any blockages to help improve air ventilation.
A must do fire prevention will be checking that your fire alarm has up to date batteries in it. Batteries should be replaced every 12 months and new alarms should be fitted every 10 years.
Do not leave candles unattended. With booze in full flow for the festive period they may be left to burn or knocked over by gusts of wind.
Switch off electric blankets before going to bed and make sure they have a kite mark.
Home emergency kit:
Make sure you have an emergency kit in your home and car. A kit should contain things like jump wires, sand, a battery-operated lantern or torch, warm clothes, blankets, long life food and bottled water in case you can’t leave your home or get stuck driving in a snow storm.
Freezing cold weather can make pipes burst. You can prevent this by leaving the heating on at least 15C which will stop freezing.
Make sure that your heating system is in good working order, and you know how to turn the heating up. Some heating systems require batteries or need to be reset for the cold winter so get that manual out or call an expert in to help you, so you don’t get stuck when it is too late.
Weatherproof your house:
Winter weather such as gales, snow and strong wind can wreak havoc on your home. Inspect the roof for missing slates and call ZGreen Restoration for a roof inspection if you can so an expert can help you.
Cut back plants and nature which could freeze and snap off or blow into your house. Keep gutters and drains clear of debris and leaves so that water can gush out of them freely.
Check your building insurance:
You don’t want to pay for damage that hasn’t been insured. Check your insurance covers actual damage to the building structure rather than just the inside contents.
If damage has occurred, then call ZGreen Restoration immediately for emergency help or checks on your home. We are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and offer a FREE, no obligation quote.
ZGreen Restoration is a certified restoration business. It is an IICRC-certified firm, which means we adhere to a higher standard than other companies. Trust in our fire restoration experts to get your house back in order. We are happy to discuss any of the points raised in this blog or how to restore your home after a natural disaster.
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