How to Disaster-Proof Your Home

No matter how safe you think you are and how much attention you pay to your family’s protection, something can still go wrong in a matter of seconds and cause great damage to your home. These are usually the things we can’t do anything about, because these forces of nature are more powerful than we are, and the only thing we can do is prepare for them and get ready for their arrival. Preparing your home for these disasters is never a fun project and something you’ll enjoy doing, but it’s a necessary step towards keeping your property and your family safe. So, if you too want to disaster-proof your home, here are some of the things you need to do.

Hurricanes and Tornadoes

These are two of the most dangerous natural disasters that can strike your home, and the problem is that you can never be too prepared for hurricanes and tornadoes. Yes, you can follow the forecast and learn if there’s a chance for your area to be struck by one of these, but it’s not like you can go out and stop the disaster on your own.

That’s why getting prepared in advanced and always being ready is a must, especially if you live in a zone that’s frequently hit by hurricanes and tornadoes. What you should do is inspect your roof, check its condition, and prepare for the worst – if the wind penetrates your house through the roof, it can blow your home up from within, and this is one of those worst-case scenarios you can easily avoidif you pay attention. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so get prepared and don’t let hurricanes and tornadoes surprise you.

Flood

This is another common disaster, and it usually comes as an aftermath of the aforementioned tornadoes and hurricanes, and even as a result of heavy rains that last for weeks. Floods are common all over the world, so people have developed a certain system of dealing with them, and the only thing you need to do is get ready and not be too surprised.

There are two types of flood-proofing your home – wet and dry – and it’s all about getting as safe as possiblebecause you can never know what kind of floods will strike your area and what you’ll have to do in order to survive this disaster. Another way to avoid too much damage is insulating your home, and making sure no water passes through, and if you do this properly and professionally, you can be sure your home will be safe and protected in the decades to come as well.

Fire

The biggest problem with fire is that you can never know when this disaster is going to strike – from wildfire to accidental kitchen fire, the chances of something happening are always high, no matter how careful you are and how much experience you have. That’s why you need to take your protection against fire to a whole new leveland embrace a more comprehensive and detailed system. You should get a few fire extinguishers, learn how to use them, and always keep a few around your home and in your car.

If you’re dealing with wildfire, be sure to check the forecast and news at all times, and at least know whether you’re under any threats or not. When talking about home fire, install smoke alarms and one of those fire ducts that take the smoke out of your kitchen and make the entire area cleaner, more welcoming, and nicer than ever. What’s even more important is that you can continue perfecting your cooking skills without worrying something might go terribly wrong and result in fire.

Wind

This is, admittedly, not the worst natural disaster in the world – at least not as bad as hurricanes and tornadoes – but during the windy season, things can get pretty ugly. Therefore, you need to know more about winds in your area and find out how susceptible to this danger you really are. So, first, spend some time learning about this problem and figuring out how to solve it, and then get proactive and actually do something to protect your home.

Replacing faulty and leaky windows and doors isthe first thing you should do. Sturdier models are always better in the long run, especially if they come with wind-resistant shutters that make you extra safe. Also, check your roof and make sure everything is all rightbecause winds can do major damage to your roof in case it’s not adequately protected.

 

As you can see, disaster-proofing your home isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but you still need to do it if you want to remain safe and protected against all sorts of dangers that may be coming your way and harming your family without you even knowing it!

 

Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.

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