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Allstate offers cold weather tips to protect your home



            Allstate offers cold weather tips to protect your home

A few simple tips to help protect your home from the frigid temperatures

PR Newswire

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 8, 2013

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Arctic air is bringing blizzard
conditions and hard freezes across parts of the Northeast and Northwest this
weekend. But there are things you can do to protect your home and property
during cold weather. 

Freezing and bursting pipes can cause significant damage to homes and Allstate
Insurance Company recommends homeowners prepare their homes for cold weather
using a few tips.

Allstate and the Insurance Information Institute encourage residents to take a
few simple steps to help prevent frozen pipes:

  o Keep the house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees. The temperature inside
    the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the
    walls themselves. A temperature lower than 65 degrees will not keep the
    inside walls from freezing.
  o Identify the location for the main water shutoff in your home. Find out
    how it works in case you have to use it.
  o Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water
    moving within the pipes will prevent freezing.
  o If you haven't already, make sure all hoses are disconnected from outside
    spigots.
  o If you discover that pipes are frozen, don't wait for them to burst. Take
    measures to safely thaw them immediately, or call a plumber for
    assistance.
  o If your pipes burst, first turn off the water and then mop up spills. You
    don't want the water to do more damage than it already has.
  o Make temporary repairs and take other steps to protect your property from
    further damage. Remove any carpet or furniture that can be further damaged
    from seepage. Save receipts for temporary repairs and take photos of any
    items that were unsafe to retain to share with your insurance company if
    you make a claim.

Most homeowners' policies cover damage resulting from a freeze, but by
protecting your home with these cold weather tips, you can avoid a lot of
potential damage.

If homeowners encounter damage resulting from cold weather, Allstate
encourages you to contact your agent and contact your insurance company.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through
its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and
Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products
(auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate
agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial
representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial
and 1-800 Allstate^®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good
Hands With Allstate^®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local
communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and
the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit
organizations and important causes across the United States.

SOURCE Allstate

Website: http://www.allstate.com
Contact: April Eaton, +1-847-402-5600
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