A Guide to Being Storm-Safe at Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
Thunderstorms are a common part of life in Dutchess County, but they can also be dangerous or deadly—which means that just because they happen frequently does not mean they should not be taken seriously every time.
Severe thunderstorms can produce high winds, heavy rains, hail and lightning if conditions are right, all of which can be harmful to you and your home. Thankfully, through practicing storm safety, you can circumvent many of the issues that could arise due to storms.
Storm Safety for Every Element of Your Home Storm
-Safety for the outside of your home:
Storms can lead to serious household damage that can be a headache to deal with. To prevent this damage from occurring, you can take several steps:
-Inspect your roof regularly for missing or loose shingles.
-Bring in or secure patio furniture, potted plants and any other objects that could become projectiles in high winds.
-Consider installing a lightning protection system for your home.
-Trim trees near your home regularly to reduce the chances of dead limbs falling on your home.
-Storm safety inside your home:
If severe weather is on the way, the best thing you can do is stay put and stay safe at home—and having a plan in place can help you make that happen:
-Keep a weather radio, flashlights and batteries handy as part of your emergency preparedness kit.
-Designate a safe area of your home for your family to shelter from the storm—it should be an interior room without any windows.
-Use surge protectors on every outlet in case of lightning strikes.
-Storm safety when you are away from home:
If you will be going out of town, it is important to make sure your home is still protected from a storm that might come through while you are away.
-Unplug all appliances and electronics in case of lightning strikes.
-Secure all outdoor furniture and possible projectile objects before you go away just in case.
-Be sure a trusted neighbor knows you are going out of town so they can contact you if any issues arise.