How To Get Your House Ready For Spring Storms

Posted on: 15 May 2015

When the spring season starts, so do the storms. Rain and thunder tends to be very common in the spring, which can put you at risk. Your electrical system in particular could cause fire or electrocution in your home if you don't take these important safety steps.

Prepare for Power Outages

With spring storms often come power outages, so it is best to prepare for them now. Have some battery-operated lighting sources in your home so that if the power goes out, you can at least have lights for safety purposes. These will come in handy when you need to find the bottled water or help your little one use the restroom in the dark. It is also good to have them so you aren't relying solely on candles, as those can be a fire risk. Make sure you have plenty of bottled water and nonperishable foods in your home. If the power goes out when it is cold and you can't use your home's heater, you will want plenty of extra blankets to stay warm.

Use Your Portable Generator Safely

If you decide to get a portable generator to have power in your home in the event of a power outage make sure you are using it safely. It should be stored outside and in an area that s protected from the storm. Never keep it inside your home or near any sources of water. Many people choose to keep their generator in a detached garage or shed in the backyard. Have it maintained regularly and make sure it is filled with fuel. Read the instructions fully before a power outage so you can access it and use it safely.

Learn How to Prevent Electric Shock

Electric shock is a major concern when spring storms are involved. Learn how to prevent electric shock so you can keep your family safe. The best thing to remember is to keep electrical devices, cords and wires away from water. If the power went out and you need to go to the electrical panel to reset it, make sure you are not standing in water! Set down a platform fi you need to so you aren't touching water and an electrical source at the same time. Also be careful entering your home after a flood. Make sure the power is turned off and that it is safe to enter.

Install a Lightning Protection System

The next thing you can do is have a lightning protection system installed in your home. This electrical work will keep your home and your family safe the next time lightning strikes. This type of system involves lightning rods that are attached to the highest points of your home, which is often the roof. You will route cables between these rods so that lightning hits them and not your home.