Winter can be a hazardous season. Fires, floods, slips, and spills are more likely than in other seasons of the year. As a tenant, you hold a lot of responsibility to maintain the home during the colder months of the year. What can you do to protect you, your family and your rental during the winter? Here are 4 tips to keep your home safe during winter.
Keep Walkways Clear
Test the Smoke Detectors
Childproof Your House
Chilly days bring out the chefs in all of us but if a pan catches on fire you need to know the immediate steps to take. When cooking with grease, NEVER try to extinguish the fire with water and NEVER try to remove the pan from the burning surface. Baking soda will be your best friend in the kitchen and not just for cooking. Cool fact: Baking Soda is one of the main ingredients in fire-extinguishers.
Naturally, you should never leave candles or fireplaces unattended. If your home has a Christmas tree, keep it watered and lights off whenever you leave.
If your property has gas, be aware of any gas leaks that could be problematic.According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 25,000 residential fires are caused by space heaters causing more than 300 deaths and 6,000 burn injuries annually. Make sure that your heater has an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label and has a tip-over safety switch. Plug them directly into a wall outlet; do not use an extension cord.
By applying these few hints, you can keep your home safe during winter. Enjoy the festive season, spend time with friends and family but by all means do your best to keep safe.