Everyone remembers to keep themselves and their families safe during our intense North Georgia summer storms, but how many people think about how to keep their homes safe? There are a few things you can do to minimize any damage to your house or property during storm season:
- Keep trees and shrubbery properly pruned: Removing dead or damaged limbs decrease the likelihood of them falling during a storm and either breaking others on its way down, or falling on your house. If you have large or older trees on your property, consider hiring a professional tree service to accomplish this for you. Additionally, they can thin out branches to allow for proper wind passage.
- Install lightning rods: If your house were to get struck by lightning, these lightning rods carry the electrical
charge of lightning bolts safely to the ground. This greatly reduces the chance
of a lightning-induced fire, which just happened locally to a house near Lake Lanier during the storms in late March.
- Make sure all of your important electronic equipment is plugged into a surge protector: Keep in mind TVs, gaming systems, DVD players, and especially computers!
- Clear any debris or loose items from your yard: If you have stacks of firewood, make sure that is is either a safe distance from your house, or in a secure location out of the wind’s path.
- In the event of a storm, have a list of items that need to be brought inside or secured: Outdoor tables, chairs, and especially umbrellas can get picked up all too easily and thrown through a window.
To keep your family safe, make sure to always keep an emergency kit with at least some flashlights, batteries, and a radio.
Stay safe Gainesville, GA!