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Winter Safety Tips
Be Prepared for Unplanned Outages: Keep a Storm Kit
Holiday Lighting Safety Tips
Electric Space Heater Safety Tips
Camps, cottages, vacation homes
These buildings are primarily used for recreation and
relaxation. Staying on top of needed maintenance is sometimes
difficult because it takes away from the recreation and relaxation.
Maintenance is a must to help prevent larger building problems in
Opening and closing a building is done with ease when a
checklist is designed and used for both opening and closing.
____ Plug off the fireplace flue when not in use.
____ Turn off the water heater at the electrical panel. Drain
heater, pipes and pour antifreeze into sinks and toilets.
____ In the event you wish not to drain the water heater and pipe
system, you should concentrate heat in rooms where the water heater
and pipes are. Keep the cabinet doors open to allow heated air to
circulate around the water pipes beneath cabinets.
____ Cover window air conditioners and seal around the edges.
____ Turn off the heat and close the doors in rooms that don't have
water pipes in them. Set all other thermostats between 50 to 55
____ Close draperies and shades.
____ For safety and efficiency unplug all the appliances. Empty and
prop open the refrigerator door.
____ All heating systems should be cleaned and maintained
____ Adjust the outdoor light timers for winter hours.
____ Plug off the fireplace flue when cooling with an air
____ Fill the water heater first and then turn it on from the
____ Water heater sediment should be removed once a year to extend
the life and efficiency of the water heater. Turn off the water
heater at the electrical panel, and turn off the cold water coming
into the tank and the water flow out of the tank. Attach a hose to
the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and drain the water and
mineral scaly substance out of the tank.
____ Inspect, test, and clean all air conditioning systems.
____ Test all fire alarms to be positive the batteries are still
____ Adjust outdoor light timers for the length of day.