Essential Winter Home & Driving Tips for Calgary Residents

Essential Winter Home & Driving Tips for Calgary Residents

As winter wraps Calgary in its chilly embrace, it’s time to think about staying safe and warm. Winter in our city can be harsh, but with a few essential tips for winterizing your home and navigating the roads, you can enjoy the season worry-free. Let's dive into practical advice on how to protect your home from winter weather and master the art of winter driving.

Winterizing Your Home

Protect Your Property

When the cold winds blow and snow piles up, your home needs extra protection. Here’s how you can safeguard your property:

  • Install Alarms: Equip each level of your home with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Regular testing is crucial.
  • Heating Systems Check: Before the deep freeze sets in, ensure your furnace and wood stove are in tip-top shape. Regular maintenance, including monthly air filter changes, is a must.
  • Vacation Precautions: If you’re planning a winter getaway, keep the heat on and arrange for someone to check on your home. This step is vital for your insurance coverage.
  • Plumbing Care: Regularly run water through all fixtures to prevent freezing. Know the location of your plumbing shut-off valves in case a pipe bursts.
  • Attic and Roof Maintenance: Check your attic for frost and clear your eavestroughs and roof of ice dams or icicles.
  • Clear Pathways: Keep sidewalks and entrances free of ice and snow.
  • Safety Measures: Detach garden hoses, trim branches, and ensure exposed pipes are insulated.

Prevent Slips and Falls

  • Regular Maintenance: Use salt or sand to maintain ice-free walkways.
  • Bylaw Awareness: Some areas have bylaws requiring sidewalk clearing.
  • Footwear and Lighting: Wear sturdy shoes and ensure all areas are well-lit to avoid falls.

Winter Driving Tips

Drive Safely in Snowy Conditions

Winter driving in Calgary can be tricky, but these tips will help you navigate safely:

  • Adapt to Road Conditions: Always adjust your driving according to the weather.
  • Vehicle Maintenance: Regular checks of your vehicle’s battery, belts, hoses, and more are crucial.
  • Winter Tires: Install four winter tires for improved handling and stopping power.
  • Fuel and Emergency Kit: Keep your gas tank full and have an emergency kit ready with essentials like a flashlight, blankets, and a snow shovel.
  • Communication and Navigation: Inform someone of your route and expected arrival. Carry a charged cell phone and have a backup plan.

Conclusion

Preparing for winter in Calgary doesn’t have to be daunting. With these tips for winterizing your home and staying safe on the road, you can face the cold months with confidence. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring a comfortable and secure winter season.

FAQs:

It is important to rate your vehicle properly based on your daily use. If you are using your vehicle as a company vehicle or to drive around the city (or outside of the city) to different job sites each day, it must be rated commercially. In the event of an accident, a claim can potentially be denied if your vehicle is not rated properly. Please contact your licensed broker to update/ensure your vehicle rating is up to date.

Inquire with your licensed broker about shopping your policy. At DeJong’s we have the ability to shop your policy to many potential markets each year.

Ensure you have all discounts that apply to you. These discounts may include combined auto/home discount, loyalty discount, aftermarket anti-theft device discount, conviction free discount, occupational and many more.

Inquire with your licensed broker about shopping your policy. At DeJong’s we have the ability to shop your policy to many potential markets each year.

Ensure you have all discounts that apply to you. These discounts may include combined auto/home discount, loyalty discount, aftermarket anti-theft device discount, conviction free discount, occupational and many more.

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