12 steps to winterize your home

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There’s more to it than replacing smoke detector batteries

BY PAUL BIANCHINA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012.

Inman News®

The leaves are turning, the mornings are getting chilly, and winter isn’t too far away. It’s time once again for my annual checklist of important things that I recommend you do to get your home ready for the coming change of seasons.

On the inside

__ Check smoke detectors: Change your smoke detector batteries, and check for proper operation. Also, check the date on the bottom of the smoke detector. Smoke detectors have a life span, and if yours is more than 10 years old, it may not work properly in a fire, so replace it with a new one. Also, make sure you have a smoke detector at each sleeping room, and one centrally located on each level of the home.

__ Install a carbon monoxide detector: If you have a furnace, fireplace, water heater, or other appliance that’s fueled by propane or natural gas, or if you have an attached garage, install a carbon monoxide detector. They just plug in, and you can get them inexpensively from most home centers and other retailers. If your existing carbon monoxide detector is more than 5 years old, replace it with a new one.

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