Keeping home safe this summer
THERE are simple things you can do to minimise the impact on your home and property.
General maintenance at home:
Check your roof and ensure it’s in good condition.
Keep roof gutters, downpipes and drains clear of debris.
Trim tree branches or remove dead branches.
Repair or replace any corrosion, loose fittings or termite-affected timber.
Secure all items on your property.
Safety at home:
Ensure your home; contents and car insurance are adequate and current.
Identify the safest room to shelter in during a storm.
Learn how to safely turn off the power, water and gas.
Keep water, a camping stove and fuel safely on hand.
If you live in a flood-prone area:
Store all household poisons and garden chemicals above ground level.
Identify household items you’ll need to move, raise or empty if flood threatens.
If possible, relocate all household power points above previous flood levels.
If you live in a cyclone-prone area:
Consider getting a professional builder to assess the structural integrity of your house.
For added protection, install fitted shutters or metal screens to your windows.
Remember safety first.
Do not use portable generators indoors or in enclosed spaces.
Generators produce a toxic gas, carbon monoxide, a colourless and odourless gas. It can cause death.