Prep Your Home & Automobile For Safety

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Here’s how to Prep Your Home & Automobile For Safety

Prep Your Home and Auto to Get Ready For Fall and Winter

An important first step for safety for you and your family: It’s getting to be cold and you want to make sure your furnace is operating properly. And that you have smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and a natural gas or propane detector. These are important safety measures for you and your family as we head into the cold months in Central New York.

Prep Your Home and Automobile: Car Safety

You often spend as much time in your car as you do your home! So being safe on the roads this winter is all-important. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, always. So what about those tires on your car? Here’s a true story that happened to me. The weather got cold and my tire pressure gauges were telling me that my tire pressures were all low. No big surprise there, as that’s what happens when it gets colder. So you have to make sure your tire pressure is proper because it does drop off considerably from 80 degrees to 20 degrees. So make sure your tire pressure is correct. Have your brakes checked, ensure you always keep your windshield wiper fluid filled, and update the wipers on your car. Brakes, tires and wipers make for a safer ride there’s no doubt about it.

So, here again is a summary of steps to prep your home and automobile for safety:

Here are some essential tips to ensure your home and auto are ready for fall and winter.
Home Safety Checklist
1. Inspect Your Heating System: Have a professional check and service your furnace or heating system. This can prevent fires and carbon monoxide leaks.
2. Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Replace the batteries and test these devices to ensure they are working properly.
3. Clean the Gutters: Remove leaves and debris to prevent water damage and ice dams.
4. Seal Gaps and Leaks: Insulate windows and doors to keep the cold out and reduce heating bills.
5. Prepare for Emergencies: Keep a home emergency kit with supplies like flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and non-perishable food items.
Auto Safety Tips
1. Service Your Vehicle: Get a fall tune-up, including checking the battery, brakes, and tires. Ensure your tires have adequate tread for wet and icy conditions.
2. Replace Wiper Blades and Fluid: Good visibility is crucial. Install winter wiper blades and use freeze-resistant wiper fluid.
3. Keep an Emergency Kit: Equip your car with an emergency kit containing items like blankets, a flashlight, a snow shovel, and sand or kitty litter for traction.
4. Plan for Longer Nights: With shorter days, ensure all your car lights are functioning properly for better visibility.
5. Practice Safe Driving: Be aware of changing road conditions. Slow down in wet, icy, or snowy conditions.

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