Autumn is the best time of year to ensure that your smoke alarms are working, as we start to blast the heaters and fireplaces more frequently. Testing the alarms is simple enough; you can use the end of a broom to hit the test button. Even if the alarm goes off, it might be worthwhile changing the batteries over anyway if you cannot remember the last time they were swapped over.
If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, it might be worth ordering one now. As you seal up all the cracks and draughts in your home, carbon monoxide poisoning becomes a more significant hazard.
Tips to get everything completed
You may feel that you’ll never get your home maintenance jobs ticked off before winter, so here are some handy tips to make it all happen:
- Make a list of home maintenance jobs and set yourself a task each week to complete
- Get the kids involved with the chores
- Team up with a neighbour to tackle jobs together
- Know what you’re capable of and hire some help if you need
Most people will avoid doing outside work in the cold weather for obvious reasons, so hopefully, these home maintenance ideas will help you on your way this autumn so that you’re ready for the change in season.
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