Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors
Safety experts recommend replacing the batteries twice a year – but if the detectors are beeping or chirping, it’s time to replace them. Once you’ve swapped out the batteries, press the test button on each device to ensure that it’s functioning properly.
Inspect your fire extinguisher to confirm that it’s fully charged and that it has not expired. If it’s been sitting around for a couple of years, it may be time for a replacement.
Check your flashlight batteries and either replace them or place a fresh set next to the flashlight in case you need them in an emergency.
Refrigerators and freezers
Pull your refrigerators and freezers away from the wall and clean around them. You may need assistance to ensure that you can move large appliances safely. Clear any dust from vents to ensure proper airflow.
Stoves and ovens
Start by cleaning your oven and stovetop. Pull the oven away from the wall carefully and sweep behind it – and don’t forget to clean the filter in your exhaust fan hood.
Washers and dryers
Pull your washer and dryer away from the wall and clean around them. Make sure to give vents and filters a thorough clean, and, if you can, pull off the dryer hose to shake out any lint that may be trapped inside.
Run it empty on a deep clean cycle to freshen it up. Clean the gaskets around the door to keep them working effectively and increase their life span.
Run white vinegar through your coffee maker to help clean it and remove any buildup.
Conduct a visual check of your furnace and the area around it. If necessary, replace filters and call for service if it’s been more than two years since it was professionally inspected and cleaned.
Winter can be tough on your car, so take some time to properly inspect it.
Check your tire pressures and tread depth. Consider scheduling an appointment to have your winter tires removed. If you have a winter tire discount, check your insurance policy to see if your winter tires must stay on until a specific date.
Windshield wiper blades
If necessary, now is a good time to change these before the rainy season starts.
Top up washer fluids and check the radiator fluid level.
Walk around your car and check that all lights are working properly.
Schedule your next oil change.
Wash your windows
To speed up the process and avoid streaking, use an extendable squeegee and window washing soap.
Clean and inspect your gutters
Clear your gutters of any debris and check for leaks.
Think of daylight saving time as your cue to start preparing your car and home for spring. Keep in mind that, if your plans include any home renovations, you should always speak to your insurance provider to make sure that you’re properly protected.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.