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Ways to safeguard your home
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has declared a third consecutive La Nina weather event will impact eastern Australia with many in South East Queensland still recovering from the flooding in February. With this in mind, now is the time to prepare and improve your home to safeguard against the extreme weather conditions. So, whilst you can’t control the weather, you can control the condition and maintenance of your home to reduce the likelihood of damage.
#1 Check your roof
If you have a tiled roof, check for damaged or loose tiles as they can easily be damaged by a storm. If you have a corrugated roof, check that the sheets have no raised corners.
#2 Weatherstripping on your doors and windows
Inspect every window closely for signs of cracks, loose glass panes or damaged window frames as they can lead to extensive damage during a storm.
#3 Be smart with electricity
Ensure you have both surge protectors and safety switches installed in your home. Power surges caused by lightning and water damage to the cabling of your appliances are serious risks which can lead to damages to appliances, serious injury or death.
#4 Clean your gutters and downpipes
Make sure to keep your gutters clear and get your drainage system assessed, as soon as possible, before more rain comes.
#5 Trim overgrown tree branches
Trim and remove, or secure, any overgrown trees in your garden and house surroundings. DO NOT ever attempt to trim trees near powerlines.
If you are unsure if you have surge protectors or safety switches installed in your switchboard, Fallon Solutions can help. Call 1300 712 028.