Winter Home Safety

Posted by Trish Sutton on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 4:09pm

Snow and ice form hazards around your house. Avoid injury by taking precautions after storms arrive:

Protect your trees. Snowfall and windy weather may break tree limbs, causing damage to your home and possibly endangering people and pets. Use a broom to brush away snow after it falls. Don't shake trees; weak or frozen areas might break. Be sure to trim back branches close to the house.

Clear paths. Keep walkways and drives slip-resistant by shoveling (or snow blowing) regularly. Use ice melt that is safe for plants and pets to provide traction, including the steps to your home. If you'll be out of town, arrange for someone to do this for you. Some municipalities may fine homeowners for unshoveled sidewalks. Look after neighbours and yourself.

Watch the roof. Clear icicles that might fall on anyone entering or exiting your home. Look out for potential rooftop "ice dams" holding snow and water, causing damage. Remove ice near eavestroughs and be careful not to harm shingles or drains. Better yet, hire an expert to do it.

Snowy scenes can be beautiful, but they're easier to enjoy when everyone's safe and sound.

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