Can­ning in top 10 for storm dam­age

WARN­ING OVER DAM­AGE CLAIMS

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jaime Shurmer

THE RAC is urg­ing Perth res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant af­ter re­cent storms re­sulted in a surge of 1100 claims in less than a week.

RAC home claims man­ager, Glen Walker said last year had the high­est num­ber of storm­re­lated claims in the past five years and was al­most dou­ble that of 2015.

The num­ber of claims to­talled 15,757 last year, with Thorn­lie, Can­ning Vale Gos­nells, Wil­let­ton and Leem­ing among the top 10 sub­urbs.

“Storms of­ten come quickly and catch home­own­ers off guard, so our ad­vice is to take a look around your front and back yards for any po­ten­tial risks and try to min­imise them as much as pos­si­ble,” Mr Walker said.

“Items that are most of­ten dam­aged in a win­ter storm in­clude fences and gates, ceil­ings, roofs and pa­tios, but some sim­ple pre­cau­tions can help pro­tect your home.

“Trim loose tree branches, hire a con­trac­tor to clear any trees sur­round­ing power lines, se­cure loose out­door ob­jects like fur­ni­ture and al­ways keep an emer­gency kit handy.

“Clean­ing the gut­ters and val­ley trays on your roof can save you a lot of heartache and pump­ing out some wa­ter from your pool helps re­duce the risk of over­flow.”

Visit www.rac.com.au/ home-life/info/storm-prepa­ra­tion-fact-sheet.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483592

A boat washed ashore dur­ing a re­cent storm.

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