As the weather drops to a chilling 21 degrees Fahrenheit here in Austin, Texas – it is no surprise that other parts of the country are experiencing similar temperatures. The holidays have passed, but the winter season continues for another couple of months. Protect America specializes in home security systems and products. When most people think about purchasing home security they only think of protecting their doors and windows, but Protect America is making it a point to remind everyone about environmental sensors such as freeze sensors. In this article, we will discuss the multitude of safety measures you can take in addition to purchasing freeze sensors in order to protect you and your family from the chilling temperatures of winter.

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Freezing Weather

Winter weather can cause a number of problems ranging from water leaks to burst pipes and roof collapses. All homes and businesses potentially can be at risk from damage during prolonged periods of freezing temperatures or in the case of heavy snow accumulations. Another safety concern related to freezing temperatures is the heat source your or your family might use to stay warm. For example, fireplaces and space heaters can both become a major fire hazard if not properly maintained. 

Freeze Sensors & Frozen Pipes

There are many surprising benefits from freeze sensors that can safeguard your home in the event of a cold front.

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“The safety of our customers is important,” said Janet Laird, vice president of Customer CARE at Protect America. “Not only will a freeze sensor protect your home and family while you’re at home, but it will also protect any pets you have indoors while you’re gone.”

For example, a freeze sensors can help you know when the interior temperature of your home drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Since water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, this sensor will allow you to know when temperatures are dropping before the freeze hits and the costly damage begins. Did you know that a freeze can severely damage your home? The freeze sensor aims to prevent these type of damages. The effect of a freeze can cause damage to pipes inside the home, causing the water inside to freeze and expand up to 10 percent! When water expands inside a pipe with nowhere to go, the pipe will often times burst, creating a huge mess in your home once the water thaws and leaks into whichever room the pipe intersects. According to a survey done by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, a single broken pipe caused by a freeze can lead to a repair costing about $5,000! Since a frozen pipe is one of the biggest risks of property damage, it is important to insulate your pipes and install freeze sensors in different areas of them home. Insulation can cost as little as 50 cents per linear foot at your local hardware store.

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If you decide to go with a freeze sensor and discover that is has notified you of cold temperatures, have someone go by your house if you are away. Run warm water on the pipes in the area that is cold and raise the temperature inside your house. Keep the sensor on the wall by the floor in the basement. Never place it near an air vent, dryer or a furnace, where temperatures fluctuate due to an appliance. If you have pets or small children, understand that cold weather can affect their bodies much more than the average adult. Security experts say to place a freeze sensor is in or near your child’s room. Their bodies can reach lower body temperatures quicker than the average size adult, and it is harder for children to recover from a cold. By placing a freeze sensor in your child’s room, this will allow you to monitor and keep a closer eye on them. 

Fire Safety in Freezing Temperatures

For fire safety during a freeze, remember to keep a metal grate over fireplaces when burning a fire in order to keep hot embers from escaping onto a flammable material outside the fireplace. According to the National Fire Protection AgencyDecember, January and February are the leading months for home heating fires. Overall, heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire deaths. For this reason, keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything in order to prevent a winter fire.

Freeze sensors tend to be over looked when purchasing home security, but Protect America is making sure all customers both future and present know about the dangers of freezing and cold temperatures. Don’t let the cold weather freeze your wallet. Invest in a freeze sensor from Protect America today!