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Home Safety: Prepare Your Home For The Winter

November 2-6th is Winter Weather Awareness week in New Jersey. With the cold weather just around the corner, take this time to prepare your home for the upcoming winter. 

  • Check smoke and Co (carbon monoxide) detectors monthly. Make sure your batteries have been changed in the last 6 months and that your system’s life expectancy has not been exceeded. (Generally, the life expectancy of a fire alarm is 10 years and a CO detector is 5-7 years.)
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents. When storing cooled ash from your fireplace or wood burning stove, place them in a sealed metal container and leave them outside, at least 10 feet from any structure.
  • Keep portable generators outside the home and away from windows. You want your generator to be as far away from your house as possible.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in an accessible place and make sure everyone in your family knows how to use it properly.
  • Keep anything flammable at least 3 feet from any heat source (such as: fireplaces, wood burning stoves and space heaters). Do not plug more than one heat source into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Make sure all tree branches are trimmed away from your house and any power-lines.
  • Have an emergency kit prepared in case of power outages and/or for not being able to leave your home for a few days due to poor weather conditions.

If you need your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors evaluated, maintained or replaced call Northeast Security Systems at (201) 529-0100 to schedule an appointment.