An approaching winter storm is often a cause for excitement, especially for kids looking for some time off school. Blizzard and ice storms can be fun, but if you’re not prepared, they can become very uncomfortable and even dangerous. Winter storms and extreme cold raise the risk of hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks. They can cause long-term power outages, cause severe damage to homes and cars, make it difficult or impossible to reach medical
For many owners, home maintenance happens only when something goes awry. Overflowing gutters, a balky furnace, or a chimney that refuses to draw provoke an expensive emergency call to service technicians. Worse, your family's safety could be in jeopardy when key areas of your home are neglected for too long. To limit or even eliminate service delays, preserve your home's value, and keep everyone comfortable, follow this home maintenance checklist on a regular basis.