Across the nation, people have experienced record setting cold temperatures this winter. Even in areas where records have not been changed, chilly temperatures have been a factor in numerous emergencies, accidents and incidents involving property damage. Freezing temps have even been blamed for a few deaths.
Home Security Store is headquartered in Southern California and while this state is best known for its sunshine and warm beaches– and our winter nights aren’t nearly as cold as they are in some parts of the country– by our own standards, it has even gotten quite cold and uncomfortable especially here at night lately. Certainly, this is the time of year when everyone, no matter where you live, can benefit from a few winter home security and safety tips.
Use a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Weather events resulting in evacuation are rare, but they do occur and most people are caught totally off guard by them. In these situations, the aftermath is often as stressful as the actual event. Should you ever have to abandon your house due to a severe storm, you may encounter very dangerous conditions upon your return home. Besides things obvious to the naked eye, such as flooding and structural damage, your home may also present a less obvious, but dangerous threat by way of a carbon monoxide leak. The best and safest way to protect yourself and your family against this deadly hazard is to install a carbon monoxide detector such as the Wireless CO Detector Kit found in our store.
Protect Your Pets
During extremely cold temperatures, if possible, bring your pets indoors. If you own a dog that provides outdoor security, consider installing security cameras, outdoor lighting and a good alarm system, instead. In the event that your pets do have to stay outside at night, however, then look into building or purchasing a heated shelter for them. Beware also of wild animals, such as coyotes, bears and wildcats, which sometimes find their own food sources to be rather scarce during the winter and may venture into your yard for food.
Keep an Emergency and First Aid Kit Handy
It is wise to have an emergency kit like the Mayday Deluxe Emergency Honey Bucket Kit on hand for each member of your family year round. But it is especially important to have one during periods where you’re more likely to experience stormy conditions. In addition to food, water and other necessary supplies, this particular emergency item also provides you with a first aid kit, which may come in handy if a storm or snowy conditions result in an injury. It is always a good idea to keep at least one of these in your car, as well as in your home, at all times just in case.
Candles and Flashlight
Always keep a good stock of emergency candles (and something to light them with) on hand, especially during the winter, in order to stay prepared for power outages. A heavy duty flashlight, such as a MagLite, is advisable. If you already have a flashlight of this caliber (and, actually, you should have several), make sure that its batteries are fresh and that you have enough spare batteries just in case you find yourself in the dark for a prolonged period of time.
Check On Elderly Relatives and Neighbors
Think about how difficult it is when you are forced to drive or take public transportation during a storm. Or even how difficult (and expensive) it is to keep your house warm during the winter months. Now, imagine if you suffer from arthritis, poor vision or are living on a fixed income. For many of your elderly relatives and neighbors, the winter months can be quite depressing and physically difficult to survive. Keep them in mind when applying all of these cold weather tips to your own household and offer them a hand whenever you can.
Read, Share and Learn More
Hopefully, these tips will be of some use to you as we still have several weeks to go until spring when temperatures will slowly begin to rise again. Bear in mind that even if you do not live in an area affected by severe storms and cold spells, think of loved ones who do and pass this post on to them. Also, advise them to check out the ‘Environmental Controls’ section of our main site in order to select devices to help them avoid damage due to flooding and freezing temperatures.
For more cold weather home security and safety tips, see our earlier post on how to protect your house during the winter months.
What Do You Think?
How has this winter’s cold impacted your home? Your family? Your daily life? What important advice did we leave out of this post? Your thoughts and ideas help make this blog a more complete resource and we look forward reading to what you have to share below.