Winter home maintenance: A checklist

Any time of year, but especially in winter, it’s important to be prepared for an emergency.Any time of year, but especially in winter, it’s important to be prepared for an emergency.
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It can be tempting to hibernate come winter. And yet, there are still plenty of things you can take care of around the house this time of year. They’ll go a long way to keeping you safe and sound this season, and all year long.

Seal. Weatherstripping openings around your doors and windows will go a long way to keeping you cozy this winter, save you some money in heating costs, and help your home stay in great condition. If you were too busy raking leaves in fall to get this task done, don’t worry, it’s never too late.

Prepare. Any time of year, but especially in winter, it’s important to be prepared for an emergency. If you don’t have one already, take the time to create an emergency kit with supplies to last you 72 hours. Include water, a flashlight, blankets, and non-perishable foods like canned goods and granola bars. It’s important to check your kit every year and replace expired items.

Test. No matter where you live, your home is likely host to radon gas. Radon is a radioactive gas that can get into your home undetected. You can’t see or smell it. Long-term exposure to elevated levels increases your risk of developing lung cancer – in fact, it’s the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. All homes have some level of radon. The question is how much, and the only way to know is to test. You can buy a do-it-yourself kit or hire a certified professional to find out.

Find more information on radon testing at canada.ca/radon.
— News Canada




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