Wednesday March 21, 2012

Spring storm safety checklist

Prepare for storms that may spring up this season with this checklist to keep your home safe!

Exterior

  • Have your roof inspected for leaks and missing or loose shingles as they may cause water damage to your roof or attic.
  • Check your windows for leaks then caulk accordingly. A small leak in your window could cause major damage to the walls and floors in your home.
  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and obstructions as they could cause flooding and are also fire hazards if lightning strikes.
  • Cut back trees from the home and remove dead or broken tree limbs.
  • Anchor decorations, loose shutters, or lawn accessories such as portable sheds and kids’ play equipment.

Interior

  • Pick an emergency room — a central location on the lowest floor of the home with the fewest number of windows such as a small bathroom or closet.
  • Make sure the emergency room is prepared with a radio, flashlight or candles, batteries, emergency bag or survival kit, and a non-electric telephone. Don’t forget your pets when stocking your room.

It’s time to spring your clock forward an hour, which means it’s also time to take care of semi-annual home safety tasks, like changing batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Here’s a checklist to save you some time:

Check the date

  • Expired chemicals in the garage
  • Expired medications
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Beauty products
  • Cleaning products

Is it alive?

  • Smoke and CO detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Emergency flashlights and weather radios

How do you prepare for spring storm season?

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  1. Elwood said on March 22, 2012

    Remarkable attention through a post! It’s a timely sharing when we are also thinking of the safety from unexpected and sudden storm. Thanks for your courtesy.

  2. Jennifer said on June 04, 2012

    Excellent list of things to do. Great attention to detail, especially since it is so important to protect your home during storms.

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