Summer gives us time to enjoy the outdoors doing everything from barbecues to swimming. But, it also is a time for summer storms that can cause high winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, even power outages. These can have a big impact on your home. While you don’t want to mess with mother nature, you can take precautions.
Here are 9 things to think about:
1. Consider purchasing a whole-home generator.
If power gets knocked out, you may want a back-up energy source. A generator can keep a home comfortable when the power is out. It runs on your existing natural gas or LP fuel supply and is connected to your main power line so that if your power shuts off, your generator automatically turns on.
2. Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm.
In the event of a power outage, do not use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors. These are sources of CO and can lead to a build-up of the deadly gas. Equip your home with CO detectors to help ensure you are alerted to dangerous levels of CO.
3. Charge your phone.
Keep your phone charged you don’t lose contact, and always be prepared by keeping a battery pack.
4. Prepare a storm kit.
In case of any outages that may leave you vulnerable, you’ll want to have a storm-prep kit. Visit here for a list of items this should contain: https://www.ready.gov/kit.
5. Fill your bathtub with water.
If sewage lines become damaged, they can contaminate your drinking or cleaning water. If you fill your bathtub with water, you can use it to flush the toilet or for drinking or cooking.
6. Check down spouts.
Place a water leak detector in susceptible areas inside your home, and make sure your gutter’s downspouts and extenders are connected and secured so they will not detach during a torrential downpour.
7. Clear your property.
Ensure that all patio furniture, plants, or anything you do not want to be damaged gets moved indoors.
8. Board up your windows before a hurricane.
With high tropical winds, your glass windows are vulnerable. Seven-inch-thick plywood could prevent any indoor damage.
9. Speak to your kids about storm safety.
Explain how storms work and while they can be dangerous, there are many ways to prepare. Have a designated place your family can go and make sure your storm-prep kit is in its designated spot.
Don’t be caught off guard by unpredictable weather. Take the right steps to help minimize risks and protect your home and loved ones.