If you live in a coastal or tropical area, you know how dangerous hurricanes are. During big storms, homes may be damaged or destroyed by high winds and water damage. Keeping your home and family protected from storm damage is essential, even outside of hurricane season. Here are some tips to protect your home from hurricane damage.
Secure Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are usually the first part of your house to go during a storm. Storm shutters provide an extra measure of security and protection against wind and rain and reduce the danger of shattering glass. If you do not have storm shutters, you can secure doors and windows with plywood and corrosion-resistant screws. Cut plywood sheets so that they are one inch bigger than your window on each side. Attach the plywood with screws every 12-16 inches depending on the size of your window.
Trim Surrounding Trees
Take time to inspect the trees in your yard. Storms will often break large tree branches, which can damage your home’s siding, smash your car, or even pull down power lines. If a tree has a big, low-hanging branch, consider sawing it off before it can do any damage. If you can not prune your trees yourself, contact a professional. This will ensure the trees are trimmed safely without posing a risk to the tree.
Secure Any Outdoor Items
Outside furniture, sporting equipment, and anything else left outside during a hurricane can pose a huge safety risk. High winds during a storm can potentially lift up these items and send them flying through a window, damage property, and cause serious bodily injury. Bring these items inside or bolt them to the ground to prevent them from moving.
In the event of a storm or hurricane, be sure to unplug all your electronics such as the TV, game consoles, computers, printer, and even your treadmill. This ensures that any power surges do not overload your electronics. Surge protectors can be effective, but the power fluctuations brought on by hurricanes are often too much for a surge protector to handle. Once the storm is over, wait 10-15 minutes after power is restored to plug these items back in.
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