Weatherproof your home against the cold
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.