Storms can vary in their severity, so it is important to always err on the side of caution and take any steps possible to reduce the damage caused to your property and/or vehicle. The Met Office has reported that gale winds are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK. In 2007, Hurricane Kyrill in the UK featured winds at speeds of over 80mph. Strong winds do occur here, so it’s also worth bearing in mind the following top tips on how you can protect your home for more serious storms.
Be ready for the storm
If you have been warned or believe that a serious storm is en route…
• Ensure any debris is removed from outside and that any loose items are secured or stored inside.
• Make sure that all windows and doors are shut, and locked where possible.
• Secure your car in a garage (if possible), but at the very least park it away from any objects including trees that may fall and damage it.
• Organise where your family and any pets will be during the expected storm time, to ensure everyone is safe.
• Storms can result in power cuts, so make a storm kit which includes torches, necessary medication, food, water and blankets etc.
Once the dust has settled
Depending on the severity of the winds, the post-storm clean-up can vary from small repairs to much bigger ones...
• Avoid standing near walls, buildings and trees that may be prone to collapse following the storm.
• Be aware of any loose electrical wires and cables that may have been damaged. Leave these for a professional to fix.
• Contact us immediately if you think you need to make a claim.
Whether this year brings light winds or harsh gales, it’s good to prepare your property in advance.