How to protect your home during a storm
Published: January 03, 2024
Storm season arrives not just as a meteorological event but as a stern test of your house's endurance. With unpredictable heavy rains, high winds, and hazardous storms knocking on your door, safeguarding your household becomes a top priority. To help you fortify your home against the elements, we’ve compiled a comprehensive checklist that covers everything from securing your space to ensuring the safety of your loved ones.
Protect your home during a storm by taking these proactive measures now:
- Clear gutters and downpipes
- Trim branches that hang near roofs and powerlines
- Ensure storm drains are running freely
- Have damaged gutters and roofing repaired
- Secure outdoor furniture
- Ensure your home and contents insurance is up to date and covers all eventualities
- Speak to your electrician about installing surge protection in your home (more on this below).
- Create an emergency evacuation plan with all members of your household.
The Queensland Government’s Get Ready Initiative offers a user-friendly plan that you can apply in your home. Download here www.getready.qld.gov.au
- Have an emergency kit packed so you are equipped with essential resources
- Find out how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity mains.
When storms roll in, they bring two main challenges: lightning bolts that can surprise us and heavy rain that demands extra caution. Let's break down how to navigate these two hazards.
Why do I need a surge protector?
Storms often come with lightning and power surges which pose a serious risk to your valuable assets. Power surges can wreak havoc on your electrical systems, sensitive electronics, appliances and even your home's wiring.
Which appliances face potential risks?
Any device that is plugged in or linked through a hardware circuit is susceptible.
To safeguard your valuable investments and maintain the longevity of your electronics, getting a surge protector installed is not just a precaution—it's a necessity. In our technologically advanced world, where our homes are filled with sensitive gadgets, a surge protector serves as the first line of defence, redirecting excess voltage away from your devices and ensuring uninterrupted functionality. Don't wait for a costly mishap; take proactive steps today to shield your home against the unpredictable nature of power surges.
How can I prepare for the heavy rain?
Taking the time to prep the storm drains and gutters outside your house can make a world of difference. Clearing away debris and leaves ensures proper drainage, preventing potential flooding that could damage your property.
How to get started?
- Clear roof and gutters
- Make sure no leaves, dirt, or pot plants are covering stormwater drains and downpipe bases
- Have stormwater drains professionally cleared by a plumber or drainage specialist
- Have damaged guttering repaired
- Ensure stormwater soak pits are draining freely
For assistance in preparing your stormwater drain systems for the summer season, reach out to the drainage solution experts at Fallon Solutions today.
Remember that a little planning goes a long way in safeguarding your home and loved ones. From securing loose items to clearing your storm drains, these simple steps can make a significant impact when the weather takes a turn