As Winter Storm Looms, AIA Offers Tips to Help Homeowners Be Prepared

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As the east coast prepares for a major snow storm, the American Insurance Association (AIA) is releasing its top ten tips to help homeowners prepare their homes and prevent weather-related damage and injury. Winter weather often creates dangerous conditions that can lead to house fires, frozen pipes and roof damage.

As the east coast prepares for a major snow storm, the American Insurance Association (AIA) is releasing its top ten tips to help homeowners prepare their homes and prevent weather-related damage and injury. Winter weather often creates dangerous conditions that can lead to house fires, frozen pipes and roof damage.

The following top tips can help homeowners be prepared.

  • Set the temperature in homes and offices above 55 degrees.
  • Ensure your structure is properly insulated and make sure windows and doors are well sealed.
  • Check sinks, faucets and pipes (interior and exterior) for leaks and rust, if you suspect frozen pipes shut off water source.
  • During periods of intensely cold temperatures, open the cabinets that enclose bathroom and kitchen pipes to allow air flow that will warm them.
  • Do not use the furnace or boiler room for storage of boxes or papers.
  • Keep back-up generators and portable grills outdoors and away from windows, doors and ventilation.
  • Be in good, physical condition before attempting snow removal (Check with your doctor is possible).
  • Remove snow early and often rather than trying to do it all at once and re-salt surfaces after every thaw and freeze.
  • Rather than lifting and dumping snow, push it in order to avoid back injuries.
  • Wear shoes or boots with aggressive tread to avoid slipping.

In the event that you have a claim, your insurer and agent stand ready to assist you as quickly as possible. Be sure to keep your insurance policy and contact information handy.

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