2/22/2012 - CDC advises homeowners to gear up for winter
According to the Insurance Information Institute, winter storms were the third most costly disaster in the U.S. last year, resulting in $2 billion of property insurance losses. With the cold weather season well underway, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released some home preparations tips some homeowners can reduce the risk of their properties being damaged.
A crucial aspect to protecting homes is having them properly winterized. This includes installing weather stripping, insulation and storm windows, the source advises.
Equally as important is making sure the home's heating system is in working order. This may involve having it serviced professionally so they can check to see that it is clean and properly ventilated. Because these systems can fail, homeowners may find it necessary to seek out an alternative heating source, such as using a wood pellet or coal stove, according to the CDC.
Power outages can be common in the winter. As such, the CDC recommends having emergency kits updated to include extra medicine, batteries and food storage.