Monthly Archives: January 2014

How to prepare your home for an earthquake?

prepare-for-earthquakeEarthquakes are not disasters caused by weather, but rather by the movement of the earth’s crusts along the plate margins. The trembling of the earth felt during an earthquake is due to the up heaving of land masses when the pressure build-up releases and seismic waves occur. Unlike other types of natural disasters, earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. Nevertheless, if you live in an area at risk for earthquakes, there are things that you can do to reduce the chances that you or other members of your household will be injured, that your property will be damaged, or that your home life will be unduly disrupted by an earthquake.

Things inside your home can be as or more dangerous and damage-prone than the structure itself. Any unsecured objects that can move, break, or fall as an earthquake shakes your home are potential safety hazards and potential property losses. First, … Read the rest

Myths and facts about thunderstorms

thunderstormWith the current hot summer in much of America, thunderstorm season is inevitable. Thunderstorms occur when large air masses rise quickly into the atmosphere, forming huge cumulonimbus clouds. Severe air currents inside the clouds cause water droplets and ice crystals to crash into one another continually, and the friction between these particles creates static electricity in the cloud. When these opposing charges become intense, lightning occurs.

There are many myths about this type of storm. Did you know that rubber shoes do nothing to protect you from lightning? That talking on the telephone is the leading cause of lightning injuries inside the home? That standing under a tall tree is one of the most dangerous places to take shelter? Here are a few myths that we’d like to discredit:

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, … Read the rest

Preparing your home for a wildfire

prepare home for wildfireWildfires are called wild because they are often uncontrollable. They frequently begin unnoticed but they can spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Preparation is the only control you’ll have in order to protect your home from damage and losses when a wildfire occurs. Make sure to address the areas in your home that are more susceptible to wildfires in order to keep you and your family protected when a wildfire threatens your area.

There are two primary areas of concern when it comes to limiting ignition of your home from exposure to a wildfire. First, a number of features, materials and design details of the structure itself can make it vulnerable to a wildfire. Second, the surrounding vegetation near your home can provide a pathway for an approaching wildfire to get close enough to your home. Knowing which materials to use will give your home more time to sustain … Read the rest