Along with sweltering summer heat comes many different storms. Thunderstorms, hurricanes and even the occasional tornado could devastate your property and cost you lots of your hard-earned money. Though not always preventable, there are some precautions you can take to ensure your family and home’s safety during some of the season’s more vicious weather.
The most basic safeguard against a storm is to have a ready list of items that need to be brought indoors. Families with decks, patios or pools should make sure all equipment, toys, chairs, umbrellas, etc., are all under cover. Not only will this protect your property, but worst-case scenario, it will also prevent a strong wind from picking up one of these items and slamming it into your house. Try to pick up around the house and yard in anticipation of strong winds.
Speaking of heavy winds, trimming tree branches and shrubbery will make your greenery more resistant during a thunderstorm. Branches can do some serious harm to your house and by trimming them you can at least better your chances of preventing damage from broken tree limbs.
More importantly, it’s a good idea to know where your service panels are, and how to turn off all of your utilities. If the weather is severe enough, you may need to shut off all power to the house using the main breaker. In the case of a state emergency, you may even need to shut off your water and gas supply lines as well. Make sure you know how to do these things before disaster strikes.
Installing surge protectors is also crucial. If lightning strikes or power lines fall, surges of electricity may zip through your home destroying appliances, TVs, computers and any other piece of electronic equipment. Surge protectors will stop the damaging surge of power before it hits your electronics. Buying these protectors is a cheap and effective way to protect your belongings during a storm.
Finally, preparing an emergency kit could come in handy in the most extreme of cases. The Home Team Inspection Service recommends a kit with the following:
- Water (a gallon per person, per day)
- Food (non-perishable, easy-to-prepare)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and other medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation & personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with chargers and emergency contact information
‘Tis the season for unpredictable and sometimes dangerous weather! Even though preventing a home catastrophe isn’t always possible, by taking a few of these preventative measures, at least you’ll be prepared.
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