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Tips on avoiding storm damage this Summer

Hints and tips on avoiding storm damage this Summer

WESTAWAY’S STORM SEASON TIPS

What you can do now

  • Check your gutters and downpipes. Backed up gutters can send water flowing into your home during heavy rains.
  • Check your roof for damaged or loose tiles, or raised corners of corrugated sheets. A roof in good repair will be more likely to withstand the pressure inflicted by high winds and keep water out.
  • Trim overgrown tree branches and remove or secure loose items around the garden which could become projectiles during high winds. DO NOT attempt to trim trees near powerlines.
  • Keep a battery operated torch and radio handy in case of loss of electricity. Use the radio for power restoration updates and possible evacuation notice.
  • Put together a small evacuation package keepsakes and things you would hate to lose, in case you need to evacuate quickly.
  • Keep spare batteries, canned non-perishable food, can opener, water, first-aid kit and blankets handy and identify a shelter room in your house if evacuation isnt possible.

What you can do as the storm approaches or during the storm

  • Any outside furniture, bikes, ornaments, toys, pot plants etc. should be either secured or if possible taken inside.
  • Secure doors, windows and any awnings you have.
  • Move cars into garage if you have one.
  • If you have a garage door, back your car against the inside of the door to help prevent it twisting in high winds.
  • Stay indoors away from windows. Move furniture and fixtures away from window and door openings.
  • If power is lost, turn off and unplug electrical items especially computers. DO NOT use wet or damp electrical appliances.
  • Fill containers with drinking water.
  • Stay clear of fallen powerlines.

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