Winter Safety Tips and Home Improvement Ideas

- 11:25 am - December 9th, 2015

Now that the dog days of summer are over, and the fall is turning to winter, the temperature is perfect for home improvement projects by day, and lounging by the fire at night. But before settling in for winter, be sure to read these, Phillips Energy's tips for increasing safety in your home.

Let a professional inspect and clean your fireplace, chimney and heating system. 

We love our propane gas fire logs, but we know many of our friends and customers also still have wood burning chimneys. Be sure to stay safe with those, too. You may be a master at building a fire and keeping it glowing, but a professional can look for any leaks or damages, and remove all the debris necessary to keep the flames burning safely. They can do the same for the vents and furnace in your heating system as well.

Change your clocks, change your batteries.

When you set your clocks back for daylight savings, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Don't have anything other than a smoke detector in your home? This is also a great time to evaluate the need for other detectors as well such as carbon monoxide and propane. Make sure your family knows what to do in the event of a home fire or gas leak. There are even systems available now that can alert you via mobile phone and email if an alarm goes off when you’re not home!

Use fire resistant building materials.

Drywall and insulation are kindling for a home fire but now there are fantastic options and are installed the same way as the standards.

Fire rated drywall is drywall that will stand up against flame longer than regular drywall. In addition to the usual gypsum found in regular drywall, fire rated drywall contains glass fibers to form a super-tough core. 

Fire resistant insulation products are designed to remain stable when exposed to burning hot flames, helping to maintain the building’s structure and buying valuable time for occupants to safely escape.

So this winter take advantage of cool temperatures and spruce up your home’s looks and safety. We’re more than happy to talk to you about options and precautions!