How to Prepare Your Home for Storm Season?

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Mother nature is quite unpredictable. Sometimes she can become all scary and damage lives. Hurricanes are dangerous. It can shatter lives and damage properties. While we can’t stop a hurricane, we can surely take precautionary measures to stay protected in times of the hurricane. Therefore you must keep yourself prepared for the storm season. Are you wondering how?

If yes, then you have come to the right place. We have shared some helpful safety tips you must follow to prepare your home and yourself for an upcoming storm season. Meanwhile, keep yourself updated and check the local news from time to time. Let’s now go through the safety tips you ought to keep in mind: 

  • Keep the tracks of the doors and windows clean

Check if there’s dirt or dust in the tracks. If you find clogged dirt in the tracks, use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser to clean the tracks. Use pipe cleaners for this purpose. They are less harmful. 

  • Inspect the sealant around the corners of the windows.

If vinyl works like your window sealant, it also needs checking. Check whether the Sealant is firmly sitting in place. Is it lose? Does it seem to wear away? Closely inspect the Sealant. If any of the above cases is true, call a window glass replacement company and get a new sealant. Otherwise, you can consider replacing the entire window. 

  • Trim long branches of trees.

If there are low-hanging branches or overgrown branches of trees that fall on your property, you must cut down such branches before the storm season approaches. 

  • Conduct a maintenance check.

If you live in such an area exposed to storms or adverse weather conditions, you must hire a qualified professional to inspect the entire property. Ask an expert to evaluate the property. Make sure everything is fine. Secure the roofs, gutters, and pipes for loose fixtures. 

  •  Install storm shutters.

To protect the windows, skylights, and doors adequately, you must use storm shutters. They come with impact-resistant glasses which prevent the door or window from getting blown away by dangerous storms. For last-minute protection, the least you can do is nail pieces of plywood to the window frame. 

  • Check wall hangings and art.

If you have hanging paintings or wall art in different rooms, check them. See if they are tightly fitted to the walls, or they might fall and break. Also, see if there’s any damage already caused by the storm. Don’t leave any artwork outside the house. Also, please don’t keep them on the floor. If you are looking for more tips on maintaining and protecting your photographs or paintings in times of flood, storm, or other adverse weather, you will get great tips on the internet. 

  •  Move your cars.

Park your car inside the garage. Even better, if you can place them on higher ground. Don’t park vehicles in low-lying areas or under trees. 

  • Secure loose items

If you have furniture pieces attached to the walls or mounted in the house’s exterior walls, bring them inside. Store them in a safe place. Make sure children’s toys don’t lie on the ground.     

  • Take out home and car insurance.

Before the storm season finally approaches, it’s essential to get all insurance done. If your home gets damaged by stormy winds or floods, the home insurance might help to cope with the loss. It’s an extremely useful policy that homeowners can claim in dire times. Besides getting home insurance done, buy a car insurance plan as well. 

  • Fence the boundaries of your house correctly.

Sometimes stormy winds can blow away fences. Therefore, make the boundaries of the house stronger so that it isn’t affected by storms or floods. By doing so, you can also prevent your pets from escaping. 

  • Store important documents.

Keep all legal papers like home insurance documents, marriage license, financial papers, and other original documents safe and secured. These are valuable documents and, once lost, can lead you to difficult situations. Store them safely in one box. Keep them in one place so that you don’t have to look for the papers everywhere in the house. 

  • Prepare an emergency kit.

This is another extremely important tip you must remember. Always keep an emergency kit ready. Wondering what to keep inside an emergency kit? These are a few things you can consider: a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries, medicines, dry food, bottled water, some cash, clothing, and valuable toiletries. 

We have listed some helpful tips to take care of your house and family members in the storm season. Keep them in mind, and don’t hesitate to contact emergency helpline numbers in times of need.

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of The World Financial Review.