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The TIS Extreme Cold Weather Checklist

Old Man Winter has arrived here in East Tennessee and around the country. The forecast is for extremely cold weather so now is the time to begin preparing your home, business, pets, and yourself to ‘weather the storm.’

Extreme Cold Weather suggestions –

Frozen pipes – are often the result of freezing cold weather and can be a big inconvenience for homeowners and business owners alike. Take time now to wrap your pipes with insulation.

Water Valve Cutoff – Learn how to shut off the water to your home or business in the event of a broken pipe and make sure others know how as well.

Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Flues – should be inspected for safety each year and cleaned as recommended by the inspector to prevent fire hazards.

Gutters and roofs – should be cleared of debris and leaves to prevent water from freezing in unwanted areas creating dangers from extra weight or ‘heavy roof.’

Watch for ice – Use rock salt on sidewalks and pathways where ice may be present and cause someone to fall.

Protect your pets – If possible, bring your pets inside or provide them with extra warmth outside and unfrozen water to drink.

Take care of you – Dress warmly by layering and keeping extra coats and blankets in your car in case of emergency. Keep your cell phone battery full charged. Avoid over exertion when performing outdoor chores.

TIS Insurance Services is always here to help. If you need us before, during, or after the extreme cold, call Bill Thomas, Chairman of TIS at (865) 691-4847.

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