If you have seasonal location(s), take precautions to prevent winter damage and access to unwanted visitors.
- Take away all food (to deter scents for animals) and fabric materials (prevents materials for nests
- Turn off water and clean out pipes and pour glycol fluid down drains, toilets, and anywhere water or fluid would be to prevent freezing.
- If there is heat, turn off and make sure pipes are empty
- Disconnect any water hose or power outlets to deter any utility waste and prevent leaking or fire loss.
“Toys” should be out of sight and out of mind. Toys such as Jetski’s, ATV’s, watercraft supplies need to be put to sleep as well.
- Put them in a covered building, if possible, or cover with tarps. We always encourage anything to be stored at a occupied location, if there was theft or damage it would be noticed as soon as possible.
- Keep in mind of rodents so they don’t get into your unit(s) and cause damage.
- If they have any fluids that could freeze, make sure to drain and pour in antifreeze were applicable.
Reduce your other risks
The same appliances that give you comfort in the summer can become a hazard when it’s cold out and your place is empty. Give your BBQ’s exterior a good once-over to remove grease and gunk that may attract bugs or rodents, and then clean the grill itself before covering it for the winter. Inside your cabin, install an electrical surge protector to protect electronics – such as a TV or a computer – in case of lightning strikes. If you don’t have a surge protector, unplug electronics and major appliances such as the fridge, oven, dishwasher, washer, and dryer. To keep your fridge free of must and mildew, leave the door open.
Always remember to lock all entrances, windows and exterior storage units.