How Can You Make Your Home More Resilient?
As extreme weather events become more frequent and intense across the country, it is crucial to prepare for potential disasters. Based on the latest data from Public Safety Canada, floods, forest fires, earthquakes, thunderstorms, hurricanes, and winter storms are the most common events that threaten our safety and property.
To ensure you and your loved ones stay safe during these extreme events, it’s essential to take preventative measures. By being prepared and informed, you can reduce the impact of these disasters and increase your chances of making it through unscathed. Here are some strategic tips to help you protect yourself, your family, and your property in the face of potential disasters.
- Take care of landscaping and cut back any dead branches.
- Store important documents above floor level, and not in the basement.
- Keep heavier items on lower levels of shelves.
- Use surge protectors to prevent power surges when electricity comes back on after an outage.
- Fix cracks, gaps and leaks promptly.
- Ensure landscaping grades away from the home and downspouts point away from the foundation.
- Consider adding backup power if you use a sump pump.
- Consider installing backflow valves for toilets and drains.
- Install weatherstripping around doors and windows.
- Consider durable or fireproof materials such as insulated concrete forms if you are remodelling.
- Store an emergency kit on the premises with supplies to get you through several days.
May you and your family stay safe and Blessed!