Storm Safety

storm safetyIf there is a storm approaching your home, you can take precautions to help provide storm safety for both the outside of your house as well as the inside. Whether it’s a summer thunderstorm, hurricane, tornado or winter weather, there is a chance that damage may occur. This damage could result from lightning, wind, rain or hail. The first thing you can do when thinking about storm safety is to prepare the outside area. Trim dead limbs or cut trees that are dead so that they won’t fall on the home. Tie down furniture that is outside that can’t be placed in a garage or storage shed. If you have room to store patio furniture or outdoor toys in a building, that would be the best option.

After securing the outside of the home for storm safety, you will need to start preparing the inside so that your family is safe. Keep plenty of flashlights and batteries in drawers and containers so that you have light in case the power goes out. Unplug anything that is electric. This will prevent the items from getting damaged from lightning. If you have visitors, make a plan for them to leave before the storm arrives. If teenagers are home alone, advise them to go to a neighbor’s house, an inner room or the basement. If you have a basement, one storm safety tip you can follow is creating a storage area that contains everything you need during an emergency. Store plenty of bottled water, nonperishable food and diapers if you have a baby or toddler. You can also keep a change of clothes and blankets. Another safety tip to remember is to keep a first aid kit that contains Band-Aids, alcohol and gauze.

Children might get scared during a storm, so try to keep activities for them to do if the power goes out or while you are in your secure area so that they don’t focus on storm safety as much. Get a television or radio that operates on batteries. Make sure there is plenty of gas in the car in case you need to leave, and keep money on hand if you can’t access an ATM. If you follow some of these storm safety tips, you can help protect your family and home from damage.

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