Is Your Home Safe for Winter?

By Shannon Gurnee
In Home
November 15, 2013

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The holidays are almost here and there is gonna be a whole lot of baking going on in our home.  Not to mention a running furnace and a lighted, live Christmas tree.  Like many families out there, we’ll be running our heater a lot more to keep everyone inside nice and warm with the weather getting colder outside.  With the increased heat (and closed windows), families have an increased chance of experiencing a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Visit Warwickshire based sash windows, Classic Sash Windows, if your home needs urgent window replacements. The National Fire Protection Association reports most home fires and CO poisonings occur in winter.  Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased cooking, using candles and decorating Christmas trees all add to the risk.  Thanks to Kidde, we are making home safe this Winter!

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Take this quick quiz and see if your home is ready for winter!

One in four older homes needs to update fire safety equipment.  How old are your alarms?

– Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Replace CO alarms every five to 10 years, based on the model.

– Purchase an alarm with a 10-year sealed lithium battery, such as KiddeWorry-Free smoke and CO alarms, to receive hassle-free protection for a decade –no need to change a battery or hear a low battery chirp. Available nationwide at retailers like The Home Depot and Walmart, each alarm installed will save you $40 over its life in battery costs.

Seventy-five percent of homeowners don’t know where to install smoke alarms. Do you have one on every floor, and inside/outside all bedrooms?

– Choose alarms with room-specific features, such as an LED light in the hallway, or a voice notification for the bedroom.

– Place a CO alarm near sleeping areas and on each floor. Keep them 10 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.

Kidde Worry-Free Smoke and CO Alarm

Do your alarms incorporate the newest features and technology?

– A sealed-in 10-year lithium battery continuously powers the alarm for 10 years.  It’s tamper-proof and can’t be removed.

– A digital display shows the level of CO in the air and updates the reading every 15 seconds.

– An intelligent multi-sensor responds faster to real fires and CO, plus it reduces nuisance alarms like those commonly caused by cooking.

– An end-of-life warning lets you know when to replace your alarms.

Do you need other safety products?

– Fire extinguisher – place one within reach in rooms where fires often begin: kitchen, garage, bedroom, living area

– Escape ladder – place in second and third-floor rooms as an alternative escape route

Have you developed a family escape plan?

– Practice it regularly. Know two ways out of every room and who will assist children and loved ones with mobility/health issues.

Do your children know their address and how to dial 911?

– Post your home address and emergency phone numbers on the refrigerator.

Are your appliances and chimney winter-ready?

– Have a boiler service professional inspect your heating system to ensure it functions properly and that it vents outside.

– You should also check your water heater and contact a water heater repair technician or plumbers to fix any other issues you’ll discover. Unusual popping, cracking, or rumbling noises coming from your water heater could be due to sediment buildup or a malfunctioning heating element. Call in water heaters indianapolis services immediately to have your system checked.

– Have a professional clean or inspect fireplaces annually. Birds and small animals can make nests and leaves can build up on top of the chimney, preventing carbon monoxide from venting properly.

– Have you created a 3-foot clutter free zone around fireplaces, space heaters or wood stoves?

For a downloadable winter home project checklist and other information, visit

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

9 Responses to “Is Your Home Safe for Winter?”

  1. This reminds me that we actually need to replace our fire extinguisher, ours is pretty old.

  2. Great reminder and heads up–with all the running around we do as busy Moms-we have to make time for safety!

  3. Natasha says:

    These are really good tips – I definitely need to change my smoke and co2 detectors… it has been a long time.

  4. Hi Shannon,
    I just had someone cross-post a comment about your suggestions for keeping homes safe for Christmas (that’s how I found you.) You’ve provided some great tips. Your readers may also be interested in staying safe from scams and cons during this holiday season. I’ve included 12 in my recent post, The 12 Scams of Christmas.

  5. thank you for the reminder of safety. We probably need to replace our fire alarms.

  6. Daisy says:

    We haven’t done a winter-ready check yet, but I printed this for my husband and I to use to get started.

  7. brett says:

    we are pretty up to date. i live with safety man 🙂 and given that i’m a girl scout leader and my son is in scouts (and we visited th e firehouse with his den earlier today in fact) i feel fairly confident to say we are pretty prepared.

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