Winter Safety Tips for Your Home

Don’t let the cold and icy weather of winter catch you unprepared! It’s important to keep your manufactured home and yourself safe from winter dangers. Failing to do so could result in injuries or costly repairs. Now is the time to make sure you have the proper supplies to handle any weather situation.

Avoid Frozen Pipes & High Heating Bills

Frozen pipes are not only inconvenient, but they can be very costly if the pipes burst. Avoid this by making sure your pipes are not being exposed to cold air. Check your home’s skirting for any gaps or damaged areas that may let cold air flow under your home (brrrr… no one wants a drafty home in the wintertime!). Now is a good time of year to make sure your heat tape is working as well. We recommend having someone go under your home to verify in person that it’s functioning well. Keeping your home warm will also help prevent freezing in the pipes and when the wind is blowing, will help lower your heating bill.

Control Ice Buildup

Ice is a two-part problem in the winter. Not only do you have to be careful of it on the ground and stairs, but it can also damage your roof by causing ice jams.

On the ground:

  • Shovel your steps and walkway after it snows.
  • Have ice melt handy.
  • Secure the railing on your stairs.
  • Use a mat near the doorway to collect melting snow from your shoes.

On the roof:

  • Use a snow rake to remove snow off the roof near the edges.
  • If possible, install an ice dam protection sheet on your roof.
  • Make sure your attic is sufficiently insulated.

Use Caution with Backup Heating

If a winter storm cuts out your electricity or your furnace malfunctions, be extra cautious using alternative heat sources. When using space heaters make sure they are not near curtains or furniture and follow all warnings! Improper size space heaters can cause major issues with electrical and are a leading cause of fires when not used as directed. While there are propane heaters designed for indoor use, they are still not safe to use while sleeping. They must also have ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use your stove as a heat source.

Have an Emergency Contact While Traveling

If you’re traveling to warmer weather for an extended period of time, let your community manager know who to contact in case of emergencies. Also make sure to schedule snow and ice removal to be taken care of while you’re gone.

Brenton Communities

If you need help with any of these maintenance tasks or with snow and ice removal, contact your Brenton Communities manager. We’ll help you find the contacts you need to make sure you’re taken care of.

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