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Keep your home safe from springtime storms

Keep your home safe from springtime storms

This year spring took longer to settle. By now, the rising temperatures melted what was left of last winter’s snow, and depending on the region where you live, they could be making room for the season’s common weather moods: thunderstorms, flooding, wind, hail, and lighting.

To make sure it doesn’t catch you by surprise, now is a good time to review your renters insurance policies with your agent or the company in charge with your home’s safety to make sure you have enough coverage for the protection of your family and your belongings. Aside from these, there are ways you can keep secure from the dangers of destructive storms:

  1. Trim back the dead wood from the trees around your house. It will reduce the stress produced by the wind on trees and eliminate potential damage from falling limbs.
  2. Move loose items indoor, like patio furniture and gardening tools, and brace your doors and windows, ensuring that they close and seal properly.
  3. Keep your large windows protected and move valuables away from windows.
  4. Inspect your basement, you might have to reseal the whole space.
  5. Stock up on repair item such as sandbags, lumber, plastic tarps.
  6. Prepare to be without electricity, stock up on canned food, bottled water, candles & flashlights, medicine & first aid equipment, batteries.
  7. If you have a pool, lower the level of water before the storm so that the water doesn’t overflow and enter your home or ruin the landscape.
  8. Check your ceiling and roof and have them repaired immediately if you find even the slightest sign of leaks.
  9. While you’re up there, check the gutters too to make sure they drain well. If you find little granules collecting in it, it’s a good sign that your roof’s coating needs to be resealed.
  10.  Make sure that all your power boxes and exposed electrical wires are secured.