Is your home prepared for winter? What you need to do about space heaters, chimneys and preparation

Is your house prepared for winter weather?

We have had some historic ice and snow storms in Green Country, so you'll want to make sure you have your home prepared.

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There are a few things you can do to save you a lot of money.

  • Clean out your gutters
  • Disconnect and drain outside hoses
  • Insulate walls and attics
  • Weather-strip doors and windows - this will save you on heating costs
  • Repair roof leaks
  • Remove branches that could get weighted down with ice and heavy snow

CHIMNEYS

Chimney fires are common in the winter, but they can be easily prevented. Because heat rises, you need to preheat your chimney before you place wood inside. Not doing this can cause "backpuffing" which brings smoke inside the house.

The type of wood you use can also cause smoke to build-up in the chimney. Younger wood, considered green, tends to cause more build-up.

SPACE HEATERS

If you're using a space heater, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has some safety guidelines:

  • Keep flammable material at least three feet away from the heater
  • Make sure the plug fits snugly into the outlet - if not, use a different outlet
  • Never run the electrical cord under rugs or carpet - they can overheat and burn
  • Don't leave the heater on while you're away or sleeping

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