Cold weather safety tips
Keep roads and driveways shoveled.
Snow and ice are obvious road hazards, but they can also obstruct the pathways and view to your home. To help keep your family safe this winter, make sure you keep walkways, driveways, and the view to your home clear of the pretty white fluffy stuff.
Avoid unknown visitors and solicitors.
It’s never a good idea to open your door if you don’t know the identity of your visitor or his purpose for being at your home. This is even more important in the winter when days are shorter and the streets are less likely to be populated by your neighbors. Items like the Ring doorbell can help you keep an eye on who is at your front door without having to open the door.
Use lighting to mimic normal activity.
Lighting is always a helpful deterrent when it comes to cold weather safety. But according to NPR, lighting is more effective if it mimics real activity. Try motion detectors and timers to help you achieve an effective schedule for keeping your pathways lit.
Avoid social media travel plans.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Don’t post your travel plans on social media. If you post your plans before you leave, you are advertising that your home will be empty—almost like an open invitation for a home invader.
Don’t leave your car running to warm it up before leaving.
This simple cold-weather safety tip could save you the serious hassle of having to track down a stolen car. Try parking your car in a garage so that it doesn’t require warming up. If that isn’t possible, throw on a heavy coat and brave the cold temperatures. If you insist on a warm up, at the very least, leave it in a well-lit area with a clear line of sight.
Have a backup power supply.
Outages can be particularly troublesome from a winter safety perspective because of the severe temperatures. Keeping a generator or backup power supply on hand will help you get through those outages and could keep your alarm system up and running.
Keep holidays purchases out of plain sight:
With winter comes the holidays, which typically means lots of high-dollar purchases in the home. To truly practice winter safety, store your purchases out of sight both before and after the presents are opened.
Consider additional outdoor lighting and festive decorations.
Winter holidays are the perfect excuse for lighting up the exterior of your home. Whether you opt for the multi-colored variety or simply invest in additional lighting for your walkways, the extra illumination and decorations will send the message that your home is occupied—one of the best deterrents.
Utilize your garage when possible.
Regardless of whether your garage is of the attached or detached variety, making use of yours is a simple and effective way to practice winter safety. Parking in your garage reduces the need to warm up your vehicle, making it less likely that your car will be stolen. In addition, you can also use your garage for storage of items that are better not left outside, such as bicycles or grills.
A significant part of winter safety involves outfitting your car for the snowy roads. Winter tires can help you keep safe on slick roads. It’s also a good idea to keep an emergency preparedness kit in your car for unexpected problems.
Take a few extra steps to help protect your home this season with our cold weather safety tips. Stay warm!