TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With winter weather on the way, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is launching the 2017-2018 Great Winter Weather Prep education campaign to empower families to prepare now before freezing temperatures arrive. The annual campaign offers simple tips to ensure safety and prevent costly losses by preparing homes and families to weather any storm this winter and beyond.
"The Great Winter Weather Prep offers clear, reliable information to help families prepare before freeze watches and warnings are issued," said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson. "Power outages, frozen pipes, and water damage not only create unsafe homes, but they bring costly yet avoidable repairs. Making small preparations now can save big dollars later."
The following is a sampling of Great Winter Weather Prep information and helpful tips:
For the Home
- Safety tips while using fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters
- Instructions for insulating attics to prevent water damage from ice dams
- Information on how to properly insulate pipes to prevent broken pipes and water damage
For the Family
- Recommended supplies for an extreme winter event
- Details on communication and emergency planning
- Power outage safety and prevention information
- Travel safety steps for those stranded away from home
For more information or to download tips and checklists to protect your family and home visit greatwinterweatherprep.org and for information on snow loads download the Snow Load Safety Guide from FEMA.
The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. The FLASH partnership includes more than 100 innovative and diverse organizations that share a vision of making America a more disaster-resilient nation including: BASF Corporation, FEMA, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot, Huber Engineered Woods, International Code Council, Kohler Generators, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, and USAA. In 2008, FLASH, and Disney opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes, in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and access free consumer resources by visiting www.flash.org, calling toll-free (877) 221- SAFE (7233), following @federalalliance on Twitter, Facebook.com/federalalliance, and the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH.
SOURCE Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)