Keeping Your Home Safe, After the Blizzard
Posted On: January 16, 2018
In the moment blizzards can be awfully scary, but don’t let clear skies lull you into a false sense of security; there’s plenty of hazards to be had after the storm has passed. Staying vigilant is staying safe: try these helpful tips to clear your home of danger.
Raise the Roof – Don’t literally raise it, but don’t let ice weigh it down. If you see your gutters lined with icicles, there’s a chance your roof is forming an ice dam: hard ridges of ice that prevent snowmelt from draining off the roof. Heavy snowfall can also prove a lot of pressure for a roof to bear. If you live in a single-story home, you can prevent these with a handy-dandy snow rake. If you live in a multi-floored home, consider hiring a professional. A ladder is not a fun place to be in a winter wonderland!
Clear the Way – Statistically speaking, everyone suffers from the 100% probability of slipping on ice, as it is slippery. You can prevent this calamity, and any possible injury, by making sure the walkways allow for sure-footedness. The best thing to do would be to lay out some form of ice-melt prior to the blizzard, though you can still apply this as you’re shoveling the walkway. With regards to shoveling: stretch beforehand and limit yourself to 15-20 minutes at a time. Shoveling is strenuous on the back.
Let the House Breathe – Carbon monoxide poisoning tends to spike in the winter due to home heating being a critical source of carbon monoxide. The other component? Blocked vents. Inspect your vents to make sure they aren’t blocked by snow or frozen over. If so, carefully remove the blockage so that the gasses can escape.
Branch Out – In an ideal scenario, you’ll have removed any problematic branches prior to the blizzard. In a worst-case scenario, an ice or snow-covered branch is snapping and falling. If you didn’t do the former, and don’t want the latter, you need to be proactive. Carefully remove snow or chip away at ice to ease the burden on the branches. If the branch as a whole just seems like an inevitable problem, you could cut it; though it is heavily advised that you follow extreme caution while using a chainsaw in frozen conditions.