Keep­ing home safe this sum­mer

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By KEL­LIE BOL­STAD – SES ACT­ING LO­CAL CON­TROLLER

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.

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