RICHBURG, S.C., Nov. 15, 2018 – After a series of severe winter storms resulted in $2.9 billion in U.S. insured losses during the first quarter of 2018, making sure South Carolina homeowners and business owners are ready for the 2018-19 winter season is a priority.
According to the Richburg-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a frozen pipe can lead to a pipe burst, which can result in more than $5,000 in damage to a home or business. Thirty-seven percent of pipe bursts occur in a basement. And, according to the National Fire Protection Association, 40 percent of home heating fires are caused by space heaters.
IBHS winter season resources can help South Carolina home and business owners avoid troubling ice dams, the risk of snow overload on roofs, freezing pipes and structure fires. Before the snow and ice arrive in The Palmetto State, now is the time for homeowners and business owners to prepare for severe winter conditions and reduce their risks of property damage.
IBHS’ Winter Weather Checklist for Homes and Businesses, accessible via https://disastersafety.org/wp-content/uploads/Freezing-Weather-Last-Minute-Checklist_IBHS.pdf, provides valuable tips for homeowners and business owners to prepare for a power outage, prevent a roof collapse, avoid a fire caused by a heating source and how to prevent frozen pipes.
Additional IBHS winter season resources for South Carolina home and business owners, accessible via https://disastersafety.org/freezing-weather/, include:
-- Preventing Damage from Frozen Pipes
-- Preventing Ice Dams
-- Preventing Roof Collapse
-- Alternative Heating Sources Guide
-- Installing Weather Strips and Seals
-- Commercial Winter Weather Guidance
IBHS’ mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss. To learn more about IBHS, please visit www.disastersafety.org.