Winter is a lovely time of year here in our neck of the woods. We are fortunate to have a beautiful coastal community, many busy local businesses and restaurants, and stunning real estate. When owning a home, maintenance should always be a top priority and the winter months come with their own set of considerations.

Here are four top safety tips for the snowy season in Long Island.

Safeguard the Interior Of Your Home

When you think of winter, falling snow, cold, ice and wind come to mind. But before you even step outside, there are a few things you should safeguard inside your home.

Have a professional inspect and service the heating sources, whether you have a furnace, boiler, fireplace, chimney, or a combination of them all.

Detectors are a crucial safety measure. Both a smoke detector and carbon monoxide (CO) can help prevent emergencies, like fires and CO leaks, both of which pose huge dangers.

It is also important to be prepared for power outages, so a backup generator, extra blankets, a supply of water, and an alternate heating source are also encouraged.

Consider Warm Clothing to Protect Against Cold

Warm clothing and winter weather might seem to go hand-in-hand, but according to reports, people are not often fully prepared for extreme cold, which can cause frostbite, hypothermia, and other potentially harmful ailments. What should you wear? Layers and also:

  • A hat
  • A scarf or knit mask to cover the face and mouth
  • Mittens
  • Water-resistant coat and boots

Tidy Up Your Yard To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

While shoveling snow may not be everyone’s favorite pastime, it is a key part of homeownership during the colder months and should be done every time there is a snowfall. During winter weather conditions, remove snow and ice from sidewalks, walkways and driveways, either with high quality, ergonomic snow shovels or a snowblower. This is important not only for your own safety but especially for winter open houses!

Secure Your Home While On Vacation

It is not uncommon to travel to warmer climates during the winter months! If this is something you plan on doing, take a few extra steps to ensure your home’s full security while you are away. Hide valuables, inspect locks and doors, and have a friend check on your property regularly. The third suggestion is especially vital, as they can pick up your mail, packages, and take a look around inside to look for leaks, cold temperatures, and double-check that windows and doors are firmly closed.

No matter which season you plan to make Long Island Your home, Lynx Mortgage Bank LLC cares about the safety of you and your family. Whether you are searching for a larger home or seeking refinancing, we are here to help you pay for your cozy dream home on Long Island! Give our professional and friendly team a call at 877-599-LYNX today or visit our website to book a consultation!

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