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As a large portion of the U.S. from California to Kentucky is blanketed with snow and freezing temperatures, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a national research and communications organization, offers severe winter weather guidance for home and business owners in those areas. Find out how you can reduce damage to your property from freezing weather by visiting http://www.disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/
IBHS Freezing Weather Guidance to Reduce Property Damage
Stay Safe and Warm
Alternative heating is a great way to stay warm during the cold weather, but its use comes with risks. Check IBHS' advice before selecting or installing an alternative heating source: http://www.disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/advice-for-staying-safe-and-warm-in-post-sandy-power-outages/
Build a Plan for a Power Outage
Heavy snow and high winds are a recipe for widespread power outages. It's important to prepare a plan now before a possible outage. Learn how you can use alternative heat sources and generators safely during a power outage at http://www.disastersafety.org/disastersafety/build-a-plan-for-a-power-outage/
Prevent Roof Collapse
Significant snowfall can put a strain on a roof that could cause significant damage and even potential collapse. Unless your roof structure is damaged or decayed, most residential roofs, regardless of the location of the house, should be able to support 20 pounds (lbs.) of snow per square foot of roof space before they become stressed. Determine how much the snow/ice on your roof weighs by using the IBHS information below.
Total accumulated weight:
When there is too much snow on your roof, find out how to safely remove it by visiting http://www.disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/prevent-roof-collapse/
Prevent Ice Dams
During freezing weather, heat from your home or business can escape through your roof and melt snow on your roof. The snowmelt can then trickle down to the roof's edge and refreeze, creating an ice dam that leaves additional snowmelt with no place to go but possibly under your roof. The following IBHS guidance will reduce your risk of ice dams.
Discover additional ways you can prevent costly ice dams at http://www.disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/preventing-ice-dams-on-homes/
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops. In fact, a burst pipe can result in more than $5,000 in water damage, according to IBHS research. Prevent a costly water damage bill caused by frozen pipes by using the following guidance.
Install Weather Stripping and Seals
Prevent freezing temperatures from entering your home or business by installing weather stripping and seals. This offers two major benefits -- it will keep severe winter weather out of your home or business and sealing your property shut also greatly increases energy efficiency by limiting drafts and reducing the amount of cold air that enters. Inspect the following areas of your home or business for leaks to determine possible areas to seal.
Learn how to install weather stripping and caulking at http://www.disastersafety.org/disastersafety/installing-weather-stripping-seals/
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