TAMPA (January 20, 2016) – Meteorologists are expecting a major winter storm to bring large amounts of snow and freezing temperatures from DC to Boston later this week, potentially impacting millions of home and business owners. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) urges residents in the storm’s path to protect their property now from frozen pipes, ice dams, and heavy snow leading to collapsed roofs.
“Home and business owners should act now to prepare for the severe winter weather that is being forecast,” said Julie Rochman, president and CEO of IBHS. “Taking action as soon as possible can help prevent costly damage to homes and businesses and even interior fires as people turn to alternative heating sources if the power goes out, or temperatures drop substantially.”
Severe winter weather is the third-largest cause of insured catastrophe losses after hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I). Losses from snow, ice, freezing temperatures and related causes averaged $1.2 billion annually over the past 20 years.
The National Weather Service forecast one to two feet of snow in areas stretching from Washington, D.C. to Boston Friday into Sunday. With winter storm warnings beginning to be issued, IBHS urges property owners in those locations to stay alert for watches and warnings issued locally and at weather.gov.
IBHS WINTER WEATHER RESOURCES
Consumer Guides & Infographics:
- IBHS Last-Minute Checklist for Protecting Homes and Businesses – http://disastersafety.org/wp-content/uploads/Freezing-Weather-Last-Minute-Checklist_IBHS.pdf
- Prevent Frozen Pipes – http://disastersafety.org/wp-content/uploads/Freezing-Bursting-Pipes_IBHS-White.pdf
- Safely Use Alternative Heaters – https://disastersafety.org/ibhs-risks-freezing-weather/alternative-heating-sources-wood-stoves-fireplaces-space-heaters/
- Infographics – https://disastersafety.org/ibhs-risks-freezing-weather/winter-infographics/
Editor’s Note: IBHS building science experts are available to speak with media about severe winter weather. Available experts from IBHS:
- Julie Rochman, President and CEO
- Dr. Timothy Reinhold, Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Engineer