The seasons are changing quickly, and the cooler weather is setting in. To keep your home safe during the wintertime, there are a few steps you need to take that requires proper planning. This includes researching the best security and environmental equipment you can use, along with some general safety tips.
Essential Weather Equipment
Extreme weather conditions simply can't be avoided, so we need to prepare in advance. This means having the right weather equipment in place to protect the home.
A smart thermostat can help you maintain a comfortable temperature in the home and can be adjusted even when you aren't there. When the temperature is comfortable inside the home, you can avoid frozen and damaged pipes that can ultimately lead to more extensive damage.
Water and Flood Detectors
These detectors are also essential to help you avoid costly problems. You could place these sensors near piping in the home and receive a notification to your smartphone or other mobile device if a pipe were to burst.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors should be in every home, especially those homes that may be at a heightened risk due to the use of a fireplace during the winter or a possible malfunctioning furnace.
Backup Security Connection
Since the winter months can also result in power outages, it is important to have a backup security connection in place to safeguard your home. A backup is essential for keeping your security and all environmental monitoring systems up and running for the duration of the power outage.
Safety Best Practices for Winter
Besides having the right security and environmental monitoring equipment in place, there are other best practices for safety you should follow during the winter.
- Check Forecasts: before you leave home, make sure to check your local weather forecast so you can stay safer on the roadways.
- Check Batteries: just having the safety equipment in place isn't enough. You also have to make sure that you regularly change out and check the batteries to ensure everything continues to work.
- Clean-Up Time: It is also recommended that you regularly clean your furnace, space heaters, chimneys, and radiators to prevent fires when they are in use during the winter months.
- Emergency Kit:having an emergency kit in place is also a good idea in case you experience a power outage, or you get snowed in. Your emergency kit should include flashlights, nonperishable food items, water, and other essentials you may need like blankets and batteries.
Finally, there are a few things you should be careful not to overlook when it comes to your home security during the winter.
Additional Winter Safety Tips
Always maintain the outside appearance of the home, especially if you plan on doing any traveling. Don't let the mail pile up, and make sure the driveway and sidewalk in front of the home are cleared of any snow.
Smart lights and motion-activated lighting should also be used to make it look like you are at home and illuminate the home and property's darker areas. Your doors and windows should always be locked, as well. Smart locks can make this an easy task to accomplish.
To find out more about the many security features you can use around your home and property, contact the experts at Supercircuits today for more information.