The holiday season is over, the kids are back in school, and you have returned to work. Now you are settling into a routine that will keep you going until the flowers begin to bloom and spring make an appearance. Hopefully, you will not spend the next several months merely enduring the winter. Instead, you will get out and enjoy everything the last stretch the winter season has to offer.
We want to help you do just that, which is why we have compiled a list of winter safety tips to carry you through until spring. These tips are categorized to make it easier for you to adopt into your daily routine.
Winter Security Tips
We talk a lot about home security in the lead up to the holidays – for obvious reasons. The holidays see an uptick in burglaries and property crimes as a result of an increase in holiday spending. But the end of the holiday season does not mean you no longer need to be worried about home security. We encourage the following:
• Exterior Lighting – Limited daylight at this time of year is good motivation to illuminate your entryway for increased safety. The best smart home systems allow you to program your exterior lights on a seasonal basis.
• Check Batteries – If your home is equipped with a wireless home security system (and it should be), this is a good time of year to check your batteries. Winter power outages will not knock your security system out if you have fresh batteries in place.
• Add Fire Protection – Your wireless home security system should already be equipped with monitored smoke detectors for fire protection. If it’s not, this is the perfect time of year to add fire protection to your system.
Winter Weather Tips
You can be safe in winter weather regardless of the conditions if you take the steps to protect yourself against possible emergencies. Here are some important winter weather safety tips:
• Dress Appropriately – Whenever you go out in winter weather, be sure to dress in multiple layers of warm clothing. Layered clothing will keep you warm, pull moisture away from your body, and help to prevent hypothermia.
• Equip Your Car – During the winter season, you should keep a small first aid kit, a blanket or two, extra gloves and hats, and a shovel in your call. You never know when you might be stranded.
Home Heating Tips
Lastly, home heating can be potentially hazardous if you are careless. Be sure to heed the following home heating tips:
• Furnace Inspections – If you have not had your furnace inspected this year, it is never too late. A proper inspection might just prevent a potential fire or carbon monoxide event.
• Chimney Inspections – Any plans to use a fireplace or wood-burning stove should be preceded by a chimney inspection. Do not start a fire until you know your chimney is clean and in safe operating condition.
• Kerosene and Propane – Kerosene and propane heaters should never be used indoors under any circumstances. Both cause hazardous conditions that could lead to fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not attempt to heat your home with a gas stove or barbecue grill either.
Uxari wants to take this time to wish all our customers a safe and happy winter season. If we can be of assistance in any way relating to home automation or wireless security, please do get in touch with us. We are increasing our inventory of home automation and security devices for 2017, making it possible for you to custom design a perfect system.