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Prepare your home for Storms

In order for your home to be able to protect you from that harsh weather, you’ll have to make sure it’s prepared and ready for these conditions. With more and more stormy weather hitting the West Coast, here are some useful tips which may help you get prepared.

In order for your home to be able to protect you from that harsh weather, you’ll have to make sure it’s prepared and ready for these conditions. With more and more stormy weather hitting the West Coast, here are some useful tips which may help you get prepared.

General home maintenance

  • Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition. If necessary, get a professional to check it for you.
  • Keep gutters, downpipes and drains clear.
  • Remove tree branches that are close to your house.
  • Ensure that any dead trees are professionally cut down./
  • Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber on patios or fences.
  • Secure loose items around your property such as garden furniture and tools.

General home safety preparations

  • Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current.
  • Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas.
  • Keep water containers, a camping stove and fuel safely on-hand.

When a storm is imminent:

  • Park your car in the garage if you have one.
  • Keep all pets indoors.
  • Ensure all windows and doors are securely closed.
  • Make sure that you secure all loose items in your garden like trampolines or swings.
  • Most importantly only venture outside if it’s safe, the property can be replaced people can’t!

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