Prepare your Home for the Winter

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls and in crawl spaces
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks

Check your heating system(s)

  • Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside
  • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys
  • Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available

Smoke detectors

  • Install or replace non-working smoke detectors:
    • Each bedroom
    • Outside each sleeping area such as a hallway
    • On every level of the home including the basement
    • In living rooms (or den/family room) 
    • Near stairways to upper levels
    • At least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to avoid false alarms