Weatherproof your home against the cold

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For many parts of the country, winter means colder temperatures. Is your home ready? Follow these winterizing tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, or check that the batteries are working in current ones.
  • Call a professional to inspect and clean your chimney or flue.
  • Insulate your home’s walls and attic, if not already done, as well as water lines that run near exterior walls.
  • Caulk and weather strip all doors and windows.
  • Clean out your home’s gutters and repair any roof leaks.
  • Have your home heating system inspected.

The CDC offers additional tips to help protect against the cold:

  • Never leave your pet outside in cold weather.
  • Dress warmly if you go out, but try to limit your exposure to the low temperatures.
  • Don’t go outside if you’re wet.

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