The first round of our cold weather has passed, but surely we’ll see more. This is a good time to “winterize” your home reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Use this list to help get you started:

Make sure all exterior water spigots are turned off and all attached hoses or other devices are removed, drained and properly stored. Save money on your hot water bill. Insulate by duct-taping pre-slit pipe foam (available at hardware stores) around exposed pipes in your home’s crawl space or attic. Caulk air leaks around doors and windows. Seal up holes around the house to prevent mice and rats from getting in. Insulate. If you can see the ceiling joists in your attic, you may need more insulation. Have the heater inspected by a professional. Make sure it’s in good shape to last through the winter. Inspect and clean your roof and yard gutters and drains so water will flow and not flood.

Take a look around your property and start preparing for (with a little luck) a wet winter!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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