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Practical Tips to Remember when Preparing your Home this Winter

by Vanessa Valerio, December 02, 2019

The holidays are a perfect time to reconnect with family; however, this time of year also means ensuring your home is in top shape for the upcoming winter months. Annual home inspections are a critical component to guarantee the safety and minimize risks should an emergency arise.  Take a look at a few proven tips that can help prevent common winter hazards:

 

  1. Evaluate the Heating System and Detectors: The HVAC system is most often the most neglected part of the house. rIt’s advisable to consult and schedule maintenance ahead of time, clean and replace filters, and run frequent tests to ensure everything is working correctly. Installing carbon monoxide alarms can alert you when dangerous levels of undetected odorless and poisonous gas are emitted from fireplaces or wood stoves.
  2. Don’t Neglect the Outdoors: As Winter approaches, make sure you inspect gutters that may have foliage and debris collected that can result in damage to the roof during heavy rains.in Schedule an inspection from a professional to detect hazards, and identify large tree branches that should be trimmed or removed due to potential risk in case of a storm.
  3. Consider Insulated Windows: Many older homes may need to replace older windows with newer double-paned designs. Current windows offer better insulation and   an additional coating to prevent heat loss for those colder months.
  4. Stock Up on Emergency Supplies: Winter can bring storms, unknown power outages, and other hazards. Prepare backup kits that include a list of important phone numbers, medicines, water, food, flashlights, batteries, and a backup cell phone.
  5. Schedule Check-In’s: If you or a loved one have a health condition, it’s advisable to appoint a professional who can pay regular home visits to ensure needs are met. An experienced caregiver can quickly evaluate overall health status, identify new health or home-related concerns, and provide open communication.
  6. Consider Respite Care: Respite care is a temporary planned or unplanned time-off for full-time caregivers and can be easily provided in-home, healthcare institutions, or senior care centers. Respite support can offer primary caregivers much-needed breaks they need to rest and recharge.

 

Exploring respite options can benefit families as well as caregivers in many ways- providing uninterrupted support in a professional and secure manner.

Planning and identifying potential hazards is a great way to ensure a loved one safe during the holidays and all throughout the year. For any questions related to respite and other home care services, reach your local CI team today at (877) 504-3822