Quick Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe this Winter
It’s been a crazy winter so far… and we’re only halfway through January! With record-breaking winter temperatures and storms sweeping the nation, Colorado homeowners need to be prepared to take care of their families — and pets! — during periods of inclement weather. Rough winter conditions can wreak havoc on the lives and safety of both humans and their furry friends, so it’s important to know what to do in the event that a serious storm front heads your way. Take a look at the following winter preparedness and safety tips to stay happy, healthy, and comfortable this season.
Tip #1 – Seal Cracks and Gaps
No matter how old or new your Colorado home is, there’s always the chance that the elements are finding their way inside of your house via cracks and gaps. These leaks are typically found around window and door frames, foundation walls, and vents. When extreme winter weather hits, air leaks can allow cold air, water, and snow into your home. This can lead to flooding which can be very dangerous for you and your pets. The cold temperatures could also leave your furry friends shivering and uncomfortable, so be sure to address them promptly. It’s also wise to keep pet beds away from windows and doors where leaks may appear.
Tip #2 – Avoid Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are quite common throughout the winter season. When pipes freeze, they cause ruptures and cracks that allow water to burst out when thawed. Ultimately, this can lead to serious flooding. In the chaos of a flood, it can be easy to forget that your pets are in danger of being exposed to frigid water and even electrocution. Keep a watchful eye on your pipes and take measures to prevent freezing, such as leaving cabinet doors open, increasing insulation, or allowing a trickle of water to flow through your pipes consistently.
Tip #3 – Install Water Sensors
Pipes can burst even when you’re away from home, and that can mean big trouble and DANGER for your pets. If you’re at work and flooding occurs, your furry friends could be in harm’s way for hours before you even discover the problem. It’s in your best interest to install water sensors and leak detection devices that will notify you of a leak as soon as it occurs.
Tip #4 – Keep an Eye Out for Mold
With the potential for water entering your home through cracks and gaps, in addition to the risk of burst pipes, homes are especially prone to the growth of mold and mildew during the winter months. Always be on the lookout for signs of mold growth and hire a professional to remove it from your home immediately. Mold is extremely difficult to get rid of on your own, and it can cause health and respiratory problems for you and your pets alike.
Tip #5 – Have a “Go Bag”
When winter storms hit, they can cause power lines to go down and electricity to be shut off. Most Colorado homeowners are forced to stay at a hotel or with a friend or relative until power can be restored. In order to make the transition safe, smooth, and seamless for everyone, it’s wise to have “go bags” packed in advance. When prepping bags for yourself and your family, don’t forget to make a bag for your pets! Be sure to include pet food, important medications, and any comfort items that will make your pet feel more relaxed during a time of crisis.
If your home is hit by a winter storm this year and succumbs to flooding or moisture damage, it’s important that you take care of the problem right away. Fortunately, Abbotts Fire & Flood is always available to help. Reach out to our team for a free quote today.