TAMPA (Dec. 15, 2015) – Heavy snow and freezing temperatures are expected to affect thousands in the Northwest and into the northern Midwest early this week. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) provides winter weather guidance for home and business owners to reduce their property damage risks during this potentially dangerous deep freeze.
“We urge home and business owners to take steps today to prepare for predicted winter weather,” said Julie Rochman, president and CEO of IBHS. “Taking action now can help prevent costly damage from frozen pipes, ice dams, heavy snow and collapsed roofs, and even interior fires as people turn to alternative heating sources if the power goes out, or temperatures drop substantially.”
Extreme 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 significant snowfall in the Rocky Mountain region before the storm moves east, and could bring as much as a foot of snow to the Salt Lake City area. With several winter storm warnings 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
Guides & Infographics:
- 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/