Family Health

Home Hazard Checklist for Winter Preparedness

Dec 30 • 2015

The winter brings cold weather, snow, and ice, all of which can pose hazards to your safety both outside and inside your home. Making sure your home is ready to handle the season is one of the most important ways to prepare. Use our checklist below to make sure your home is ready.

Fire Hazards

  • Test smoke alarms and replace any batteries that are low
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan
  • Ensure portable heaters are kept from flammable materials
  • Do not leave open flames unattended
  • Educate children on what to do if a fire does occur and safety precautions around flames

Home Repairs

  • Check weather stripping, insulation, and windows, and repair any if necessary
  • Clean debris out of gutters, repair any leaks in the roof, and insulate water lines on outside walls to prevent freezing
  • Look for cracks in stairs and cement that become hazardous when covered in ice
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector or test batteries in an already existing detector

General Winter Preparedness

  • Stock up on water and food that does not need to be cooked or kept cold in case of a power outage
  • Make sure that your cell phone is fully charged and if you have a land line, be sure any cordless phones are charged
  • Create an emergency kit with a flashlight, portable radio, extra batteries, first-aid kit, medication, matches, candles, and any other items necessary for your family
  • Have a quality ice scraper and shovel in your garage or basement for outdoor clearing

What are some of the annual steps you take to prepare your home for winter weather? Share them with us in the comments below.