Preparing Your Port Angeles Home For Winter

With winter arriving soon, now is a great time to prepare your home for freezing temperatures. Use the checklist below to give you ideas for keeping warm, preventing fires, and saving money.

-Have your furnace inspected and serviced by a professional at least once a year.

-Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected.  (Built up creosote is the leading cause of chimney fires!)  

-Stock up on dry, seasoned wood for the fireplace or wood stove.  

-Check the condition of your fireplace screen.  Is it in good condition and secure?

-Get a covered metal container ready to dispose of cooled ashes.  (And keep it at least 10 feet from your home)

-Review fireplace safety with your kids!  

-Make sure all portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off and are kept at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn (like bedding).  

-Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Follow these tips and your home will be ready for winter and safe from fire hazards.  If you’re concerned about protecting your belongings, give us at the Elwood Allstate Agency a call at 360-452-9200 to review your home insurance policy today!


Matt Elwood

Matt Elwood grew up in Port Angeles, graduating from the high school before moving south to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. While earning his Business Administration he secured an internship at Northwestern Mutual and started his financial career. After graduating from Pepperdine, Matt built a successful Insurance practice in Los Angeles while earning his investment licenses. After a decade of being away from family, Matt decided to move back to Port Angeles and purchase his mother’s Agency. The Helen Elwood Insurance Agency has been an established Allstate agency in Port Angeles for many years. Matt purchased the business in January 2011 and renamed it Elwood Benefits. Matt is focused on growing the business which leaves him little time for anything else. When he does take a break you’ll find him enjoying his family or out on the golf course.