Hello everyone! It's almost that time of the year. Soon everyone will be wearing winter clothes, making their Christmas list, deciding what to cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner etc. However, it is a time that you all need to maintain the safety of your homes. Most of your homes is probably the center of attention during the holidays. Here are some great tips from the American Society of Homeowners to make sure your prepared:

1. Clean your gutter and downspouts. The play a very important role in diverting the water way from the foundation walls. If you clean them before winter weather moves in, you can keep your basement dry and leak-free!!

2. Drain exterior water lines. You should remove, drain and store outdoor hoses when the weather cools down.

3. Test your electrical circuit shut-off switch. Plug your outdoor decorations only into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters. Ensure that the circuit shuts off properly by using a night-light or radio.

​4. Be steady on the ladder. Falls account for an average of 5.1 million injuries and nearly 6,000 deaths a year. 

​5. Give your garbage disposal a hot water bath, cooking for crowds puts additional stress on these appliances. Flushing the garbage disposal with one pot of hot water and a half-cup of baking soda now and again after the holidays. 

​6. Have your home heating systems inspected. Nearly half of all home heating fires occur in December. 

​7. Re-caulk and weather-strip doors and windows! This will help save energy and money by sealing air leaks around doors.

​8. Trim the back tree limbs. Also, you should consider installing a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. It's a good idea to replace  the batteries when Daylight Saving Time begins and when it ends.

9. It's a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher handy. 

 

​God Bless!!!