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Stay Ahead of the Cold Weather this Fall

Brrrr, the temperature drops in the middle of October. Now is the time to take steps to prepare your home for the colder weather. Even if we do not live in a super cold area where snow falls, now is a great time to ensure that your home’s maintenance is up to snuff.

Easy steps to keep your home in prime condition this fall:

Maintain the yard

Trim shrubs and trees away from the home. Make sure tree limbs touch the house. They can provide a path for critters to invade the warmth pf the attic. Dead branches or trees that lean toward your home are a recipe for disaster, especially in high winds or the rare ice storm and should be professionally removed.

Check the roof and gutters

Loose shingles and roof leaks must be repaired prior to the heavy storms that are common in the colder months. Gutters serve the important task of moving rain water away from the foundation. If they are clogged, water can travel into the home and do considerable damage to the walls. Consider having your gutters professionally cleaned of pine needles now – and leaves after most have fallen.

Ensure that the furnace, fireplaces, and smoke detectors are in safe condition. As you start to use your fireplace and furnace to stay warm, be sure that they will not present a hazard. Having the furnace professionally cleaned each year will keep it working safely so that it will not emit carbon monoxide fumes. Hire a chimney sweep to keep your fireplace functioning optimally. It is also crucial to equip your home with both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Fall is the perfect time to change the batteries and test the performance of these life saving tools.

Seal those cracks

An inexpensive way to keep the warm air in and the cold air out is to seal visible cracks around the home with clear caulk. Weather stripping installed around doors and windows is also very cost and energy effective.

Winterize the pool

The fall season means the swimming pool will be full of leaves, not only inside the water but around the pool equipment. Keeping up with the shedding of leaves into the pool is no easy task, made harder by the cold weather. Hire a professional pool cleaning service who can keep it clean and inspect your pool heater, pumps, freeze protection, and filter to ensure everything is in good shape to make it through the winter season.

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by Soules Insurance on Tue, Dec 19, 2017
According to the National Fire Protection Association, every 23 seconds a fire department responded to a fire in the US in 2015. Equipping your home with portable fire extinguishers can assist in minimizing fire damage from small, self-contained fires before much-needed help arrives.
You may be unsure of which fire extinguishers are best for your home, where they should be located, or even how to use them. Let?s take a look at the different types of fire extinguishers and review some tips for buying, maintaining and using a fire extinguisher in your home.
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By Modern Purair (modernpurair.com)

Fall is a great season. The air is generally crisp, the smells of pumpkin spice and fireplaces are all around us, and the colours? oh, those magnificent colours! With the cool breeze that fall brings, however, we know that winter will inevitably makes its return here in Canada. This transition sometimes happens more quickly than we expect, catching us off guard. When it comes to your home?s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, don?t be caught off guard. Read on to discover valuable tips for getting your furnace prepped and your air conditioner stood down for the months ahead.

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Summer is here, which means more backyard fun. Have you ever considered the safety aspects of your playground toys?

Take a look at this great read from soulsinurance.com.

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