Tips for preparing home for winter

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Carroll County Emergency Management reminds you to take time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:

1.Have your heating systems checked by a professional annually. This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money. If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove. Have your chimney flues checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.

2.Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary, insulate walls and attic. This will help you to conserve energy and reduce your home’s power demands for heat.

3.Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.

4.Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside. This will provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping more cold air out.

5.Inspect and flush your water heater.

6.Clean gutters - leaves and other debris will hamper drainage.

7.Replace batteries of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when you set the clocks back.

8.To keep pipes from freezing:

a.wrap pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers

b.cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture

c.let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing

d.know how to shut off water valves.