Extreme cold threatens millions of properties and families as the holiday’s approach. Some areas face the coldest holiday in decades, and residents trying to stay warm could cause problems on property.
First, advise residents that using stoves for heat is unsafe during extreme cold weather. Instead, suggest residents have another method if the property loses power. Sleeping bags, extra blankets, and heavy winter coats can all be used as an additional way to stay warm.
Second, if your property allows space heaters, urge residents to use them safely. Suggest residents use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.
Also, keep heaters away from flammable materials like curtains or blankets.
Finally, Keep heat sources, like space heaters, at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture, or bedding. During extreme cold, never cover a space heater.
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Extreme Cold: Multifamily vs. Single Family Homes
Whether you manage multifamily properties, single-family properties, or both extreme cold poses a threat. Experts suggest checking and servicing heating systems before temperatures plunge. The arctic threat is also a good reminder to check smoke detectors on properties. Also, the days are dwindling before HUD Notice 2022-01 requires Carbon Monoxide detectors on all HUD- assisted properties.
Some people use generators primarily on single-family properties. If you manage these properties, here are some suggestions on the use of generators from experts. No matter the property, there are a few ways to converse heat during extreme cold. First, doors and windows should only be opened sparingly. Second, close the doors to rooms that are not in use. Also, you can use towels or rags in cracks under doors and windows to help conceal heat. Finally, close the drapes and cover windows with blankets to help insulate properties during the night.
Don’t forget to Protect the Pipes
While preparing residents for the extreme cold, don’t forget about the pipes on your property. During freeze warnings, use signage, letters, handouts, etc to encourage residents to help protect the pipes on your property. Encourage residents to leave faucets on a slow drip and open cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms. Actions to protect pipes will help prevent major problems on your property this winter.