: Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts
: Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
: Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
: Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
: Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
: Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
: Have a professional inspect your heating system.
: Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
: Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
: A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape
plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.