How to Protect Your Home From Dangerous Weather
As the colder months roll in, severe weather is a possibility, and certain precautions should be taken for you and your family’s safety. However, one’s house is also important, and it should be protected even if evacuation is in order. Planning ahead can protect homes from tornados, hurricanes, or possible other weather occurrences.
If you’re in an area where tornados or hurricanes are big risks, consider building a storm shelter. These steel enclosures are resistant to leaks and can protect you from flying debris. They are built to be impenetrable and are equipped with doors that allow people to exit the shelter even if debris is blocking the way. These shelters can also be fitted with lighting and power sources.
Shelters can be built into or above ground as well as inside or outside of your home. They vary in sizes to fit anywhere from six to 16 people. People who live in areas with tornados can have smaller shelters because they remain in there for less time. Some are equipped with steel outriggers to prevent floating away in areas with hurricanes.
Protecting Roofs, Windows, and Yards
Prior to severe weather, make sure the roof is in good shape. Remove antennas or satellite dishes as well as roof turbines and cover any holes left behind. Wind can tear off these additions, allowing rain to enter a home. Repair loose or damaged shingles and seal flashings and chimneys. Also, make sure gutters are clean—if they’re backed up, water can enter your home in the event of heavy rain.
Storm shutters can also be installed to windows to protect them from severe winds, rain, and debris. They also reduce homeowner insurance premiums. If you don’t have storm shutters, plywood is also a good temporary solution—it should be at least 5/8 inch thick. The same thing applies to doors, double doors, and French doors, which are especially vulnerable to storm winds.
In yards, trim back any large tree limbs and thin out the branches so wind can pass through, and remove lawn furniture and ornaments. Tie things down that cannot be brought inside. Keep vehicles in a garage if available to prevent damage to the vehicle.
Always Have a Plan
Have an evacuation plan if it’s necessary to leave your home. Set up a meeting place and bring all personally identifiable information with you as well as irreplaceable items. Always have an emergency contact number to keep family members informed. Also, maintain a safety kit bag for emergencies with food, batteries, flashlights, blankets, medications, etc.
These examples are just a few ways to protect you, your family, and your home from severe weather regardless of the situation, but always look for further ideas to prepare for severe weather.
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