We didn’t receive a white Christmas in December but don’t let that fool you. The weather here in Oklahoma is simply unpredictable. One day it’s 70 degrees, the next, it’s freezing rain. Regardless of the elements, though, it’s important to stay prepared. Our team here at BL3 Plumbing has gathered our 8 favorite winter safety tips to keep you, your family and your home safe all winter long.
1. It’s time to fix those leaky faucets.
We’re not just referring to your indoor plumbing either. Make sure to have any leaky outdoor faucets fixed and properly store away hoses or equipment. For the indoors, it’s important to make sure you’re protecting those pipes. Even a trickle of water helps prevent them from freezing.
2. Encourage airflow for happy plumbing.
Leave cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms open to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. This will further help to prevent freezing. Read more here.
3. Your garage needs some love too.
Keep your garage closed as much as possible during winter. Not only will you conserve heat and those hard earned, energy-taking dollars, but you’ll protect water lines if they’re present in that area.
4. The 3-feet rule is definitely a thing.
If you’re using a space heater of any sort, be sure to place it on a level, hard surface. Keep anything that’s flammable at least three feet away. This includes paper, clothing, bedding, curtains, or rugs.
5. Things are certainly heating up.
Just like children, you need to be supervising. Turn off any space heaters and make sure your fireplace is properly extinguished before leaving the room, falling sleep or traveling.
6. Chestnuts on an open fire? Are you crazy?
We love the song, but not the idea of an open fire in your home. We highly recommend using a glass or metal fire screen. Make sure it’s large enough so that it can catch sparks or rolling logs. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
7. Someone touched the thermostat.
Here’s a hint, it wasn’t us. Try to keep the same temperature in your home, day and night. You can lower it a bit if you’re going to be absent for an extended period of time, but not by much. Your utilities might be a little higher (which is expected in winter), but you’ll avoid costly repairs down the road.
8. Say hello to our little friend.
Using a backup generator? They’re great for severe weather, but make sure to use it outdoors and don’t hook it up to your home’s wiring. Here’s a great resource for winter storm preparation.
Think your home is up to par for the winter ahead? For any repairs, never hesitate to give our BL3 Plumbing team a call. We’re always here to help!
North: (405) 895-6640
South: (405) 237-1414