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Winter Safety: Prep your home for the cold

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Welcome to Calgary! If you’re a newcomer and you’re experiencing your first winter in our city, you’ll find it can be quite an adventure. To ensure you’re well-prepared and never caught off guard, we've put together a special series on winter safety. In this series, we’ll be sharing essential tips and tricks that will make your transition into Calgary's winter wonderland a smooth and enjoyable one.

So, buckle up, stay warm, and let’s dive into the world of winter safety together. Here’s to your first Calgary winter, filled with warmth, knowledge, and a lot of frosty fun!

Winterizing Your Home

As winter knocks on our doors, it’s time to prep our homes for the cold season ahead. Winterizing your home not only ensures your comfort but also safeguards your property from the harsh elements. Let’s dive into some handy tips on how to winter-proof your home sweet home.

  • If you haven’t already, start by blowing out sprinklers to prevent freezing and bursting of pipes; a little effort now can save you from major headaches later.
  • Never idle your car inside the garage to avoid dangerous carbon monoxide seepage into your living space.
  • Drain water from hoses and disable external valves to prevent freezing disasters.
  • Seal every nook and cranny around doors and windows; keeping drafts out ensures a cozy interior.
  • Insulate your attic and pipes; it's like giving your home a warm winter coat.
  • Regularly service your heating system and invest in new filters for optimal efficiency.
  • Stock up on essential supplies – flashlights, batteries, and cozy blankets – to combat power outages.
  • Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and make sure they have fresh batteries.

By following these simple steps, you're not just winterizing your home; you're creating a snug sanctuary for the chilly months. Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the cozy comforts of winter within the walls of your well-prepared home. Here’s to a warm and wonderful winter season, Calgary!

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