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NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2022—With winter officially arriving tomorrow, preparing for snow, ice, and frigid temperatures is essential for homeowners and drivers throughout much of the U.S., according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I).
“Dealing with a loss after catastrophe strikes can be tough on many levels, which is why the insurance industry is evolving from a focus on ‘detect and repair’ to ‘predict and prevent,” said Sean Kevelighan, CEO, Triple-I. “As winter sets in, Triple-I encourages property owners to take action now to reduce their weather risks. Preventing loss creates a win-win – for consumers and insurers.”
To protect homes and cars during the winter months, the Triple-I offers the following guidance.
Inside Your Home
- Keep your home heated to a minimum of 65 degrees. This will help prevent pipes inside the walls from freezing
- Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip. Keeping water moving within the pipes will help prevent freezing
- Check that fireplaces, wood stoves, and electric heaters are working properly. Make sure there are no combustible items near heat sources
- Keep your fireplace flue closed when it is not in use
Outside Your Home
The weight of snow and ice can damage a roof. Clogged gutters might allow water to seep into a house. Taking these steps should reduce these potential hazards from occurring outside a home as snow and ice accumulate.
- Keep sidewalks and entrances free from snow and ice so no one sustains an injury while walking
- Watch for ice dams near gutter downspouts. Ice dams can cause water to seep into a house
- Clear gutters of leaves and debris to allow runoff from melting snow and ice to flow freely
- Check for dead, damaged, or dangerous tree branches and have them removed. When stressed, branches can fall and damage a house or car, or injure a pedestrian
Insurance Coverage for Winter Weather-Caused Property Damage
Standard homeowners insurance policies provide coverage for damage caused by wind, snow, and ice to property and personal possessions. Standard renters insurance policies provide coverage for winter weather-caused damage (e.g., burst pipes) to personal possessions.
Property damage caused by flooding is not covered by either standard homeowners or renters insurance policies. Melting snow that seeps into a home, apartment, or condominium from the ground up would be covered by flood insurance. It is provided by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and several private insurers.
An individual involved in a car accident between two or more vehicles caused by wintry road conditions is covered by a standard auto insurance policy. If a tree falls on a car, or if it sustains flood damage, the damage is covered under the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy. Single-vehicle accidents may be covered by either comprehensive or collision coverage. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. drivers purchase these optional coverages.
Facts & Statistics: Winter Storms