- Organize. Store all summer weather items - not thrown in the garage or a closet - take this time to install shelves and organize.
- Check all smoke detectors. Put a new battery in each detector, even if it appears to be working fine. The small investment in a new 9-volt battery is a small price to pay for safety. Replace them every six months. An easy way to remember is to change them once for summer and once for winter.
- Check to make sure fire extinguishers are in good condition. Keep them in easy-to-grab places, but out-of-reach from children.
- Check your clothes dryer. Clean the exit vents and clean behind them. This is a common place for fires to start.
- Check your washing machine hoses for cracks or bubbles. This is the most common cause of flooding in the home.
- Take a look at all outlets, appliances, cords, etc. for damage and replace if necessary.
- Check all air conditioning vents & screens in the house. These will soon have a lot of air blowing through them and this small step will prevent dust and debris from blowing around the house.
Next, it's time to see what Mother Nature has done:
- Check the attic and basement for leaks and moisture.
- Check the roof for leaks, missing shingles and any other damage.
- Check the chimney. Your fireplace was probably used more than usual during winter. Look for debris and any cracks.
- Check rain gutters for damage and fix as soon as possible. Even a little leak down the side of your house can cause problems. Clean them out!
- Check your windows and doors for possible leaks, dampness, or dry rot. Be sure that the heat stays out and the cold stays in for the summer.
- Check the outside walls of the house for crumbling, cracks, peeling paint, etc.
- Check the home's foundation for cracks. Repair immediately! If rain has washed away the earth from the foundation, add some so that it slopes away from the house.
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