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How To Winterize Before the First Freeze
Don't get caught off guard with an unprepared home when winter hits. Use this simple checklist of 10 items to help better prepare your home for winter. 

1. Door and Window Frames

Examine weatherstripping around windows and door frames. Check interior and exterior doors and windows for drafts that may be causing heat to escape - caulk yourself or call a professional for help.

2. Trim Overgrown Branches Away From Home

Frozen branches are heavy and can snap suddenly - help prevent iced-over or wind-blown branches damage your property or cause you to lose power. 

3. Shut Off Exterior Faucets

Remove any attached hoses and store them away to prevent cracks. Wrap exterior faucets with covers to prevent damage caused by frozen pipes that may burst.

4. Exterior Light and Bulb Check

Inspect outdoor lighting around your property. Good illumination can help minimize the chance of unwanted accidents on icy walkways when it's dark outside.

5. Stock Up on Ice Melt

Sprinkle ice melt on your driveway, walkways, porches and sidewalks to help prevent yourself and others from slipping on your property. Many brands now make ice melt pet and yard friendly so stock up before it's too late and you're stuck!

6. Check Smoke Alarm 

Holiday cooking, cozy fires and delicious candles burning more in the winter, it's important to ensure your safety smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm are working properly. Keeping extra batteries around isn't a bad idea either.

7. Switch Fans

Easy and efficient. Switch your fans to the reverse position which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency. Having company over for the holiday's? Make sure this gets done in guest bedrooms too!

8. Fireplace Checklist
Check your fireplace for drafts of cold air when the damper is closed. Check the condition of the damper to see if it may be warped, worn, rusted or simply old and needs replaced. Clean the fireplace to you will be ready for that first winter fire when you want it! Firewood and starter logs sell out quickly, make sure you have plenty stored away in a dry place. 

9. Chec
k the Gutters

Re-secure any loose or sagging gutters and downspouts. Clean out any debris or leaves. The weight of snow and ice can pull gutters off the house. 

10. Get Cozy!

Make sure your blankets, slippers, warm robes and coats are readily available to use - especially around the house! Bundling up inside can help more efficiently stay warm instead of immediately turning on the heater. 

Keeping your home in good shape pays off in the long run. Did you know that the condition of your home influences the premium on your homeowner's insurance? Do you ever wonder if your home is insured for too much or not enough? Let us help evaluate your coverage and explain how we can help protect your property plus keep the costs down. Call us today, 806-763-7311 and we will help review your coverage - whether you're a client or not! We are here to help. www.shropshireinsurance.com 

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