How to Emergency Proof your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you spend most of your time relaxing, raising your family and making memories. For those reasons, it’s essential for homeowners to find ways of reducing their home’s vulnerability in the case of emergencies.

While one can only hope that nothing goes wrong with their home, the old saying rings true, —an ounce of preparation is usually worth a pound of cure. Typically things you don’t bother preparing for are usually the ones that come to haunt you later on down the road.

So in the interests of keeping your home and family covered if and when disaster strikes, here are some simple yet important ways you can emergency proof your home:

Water Damage

Heavy rainfall and flooding can do a serious number on your house so it’s important to implement a few precautions to prevent damage. Make sure your roof is in good condition. This means ensuring shingles aren’t old and worn, downspouts direct water away from your home, and gutters are kept clean.

In areas where temperatures drop below freezing, keep outdoor pipes from freezing and remove snow accumulation from your roof after every storm.

Remember though, water damage isn’t only due to the weather. Domestic water inside the house is a more common cause of water damage – think dishwasher, washing machine, sinks and toilets. These appliances and fixtures can cause leaks so make sure they’re running in tip-top shape.

Also, for peace of mind, consider shutting off the main water valve when you’re away from home for longer periods of time.

Wind Damage

Most people wouldn’t guess it, but wind damage is the most common source of external house damage. High-speed gusts can damage roofs, eavestroughs and can even uproot trees. Heavy winds can also send outdoor gear like tables and chairs flying through windows so it’s essential to look around the outside of your home and notice if there’s anything that could potentially hit your home in a windstorm.

Take precautions and prune trees, strengthen structures and bring any projectible items indoors.

Fire Extinguishers and Smoke Alarms

Check and make sure your extinguisher is in working condition and visible. Although it’s true that fire extinguishers are hardly ever used, that doesn’t mean they should not accessible at all times. They should be available to be used in the case of emergency and will potentially save your house and life.

Also, help prevent fires in the first place by keeping an eye out for frayed or damaged wires and avoid using combustible item around open flames.

Keep your smoke alarm in operating condition and replace the batteries and test them on a regular basis. Having a working fire alarm in your home can reduce your risk of serious injury or death in a house fire by 50%.

Home Security System

It’s a good idea to invest in some practical home security measures like cameras and alarms. Research the options available that suit your neighbourhood, are reliable, and within your budget. Once installed, routinely check and maintain them. With luck, you may never need to invest in a home security system but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

It’s important to be aware of the potential emergencies that could happen to your home. While you can’t control all disasters from happening or transplant your home out of the path of danger, you can take these simple preventative steps to protect your family and prevent damage to your home.

If you’re in the market to buy a home, it’s a good idea to assess these and other emergency proofing needs while house hunting. Talk with us at Rego Realty and we can help ensure the home you chose is a safe one.

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