The Greater Toronto Area has experienced torrential downpours in recent years that have led to damage, flooding, and blackouts in several regions. But that doesn’t mean you have to feel helpless during these times.
To ensure your safety, keep a battery-powered radio on-hand and download a radio tuner app to your phone. Also keep a flashlight on every floor of your home, as well as a supply of candles to conserve batteries. If you live in an area where there are frequent storms, making sure your roof shingles are nailed down can go a long way to preventing the need for storm damage restoration afterward.
If you’re going on vacation, make sure only the necessary appliances remain plugged in. Finally, if you have any trees close to your home, make sure that the branches are trimmed back; even healthy trees can lose branches and cause damage to your home in the event of a storm.
The Greater Toronto Area has been hit by several severe winter storms as well. Even a moderate snowfall can cause damage to your home, leading to the need for storm damage restoration. A winter storm does not even necessarily involve snow: there may be freezing rain, sleet, and other conditions.
Have defrosting salt on hand, as well as sand to provide traction for your vehicle following a storm. Of course, use snow shovels and other equipment to clear the area. And in the event of a power failure, have a space heater on hand or, if you have a fireplace, plenty of firewood. Finally, it’s also recommended that you keep plenty of warm clothing on hand as an added precaution.
Electrical Storm Safety Tips
It isn’t just wind, rain, and snow that can cause damage to your home during a storm; lightning can also put your family’s safety at risk. To protect against lightning, install surge protectors and unplug your appliances once the storm starts, if not before. And since rain can often accompany a thunderstorm, avoid any appliances that remain plugged in as well.
If your home is damaged during a storm due to flooding, call Flood Services Canada, the leading provider of storm damage restoration. We will arrive at your home quickly following a storm to provide multiple services, including renovations, water removal, thermal imaging, and moisture detection. Call Flood Services Canada today for 24/7 service!!
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