So, you have done everything required to prepare for the storm. What next? Our top tips can help with storm safety.
It is really important to wait out the storm inside the safety of your home. Stay away from doors and windows as these are the most vulnerable to damage in the event of high winds and hail. While it may be tempting to go outside and check for damages, wait until the storm has completely dissipated.
Tips to help with storm safety
- It is a good idea to have a battery-operated radio on hand so you can listen to regular storm updates and also heed any storm warnings.
- In the event of a blackout use a torch to find your way around. If you use candles, be vigilant about fire safety.
- Never use your landline phone during a storm. If you need to make a call use your mobile but it is best to avoid this if at all possible.
- During an electrical storm avoid contact with metal doors or frames, electrical wiring, plumbing and save having a shower until it’s all over.
What to do in case of damage
If the house suffers any structural damage, find a place that is safe to sit out the storm – bathrooms, hallways, and doorways are recommended. A small room, or even a walk-in robe, in the centre of the house will be the most secure place to shelter. The lowest floor of the building is always the safest. If your home has an internal staircase, the base of the stairs is a recommended safe place to wait out the storm.
If you see a power line down, do not go near it. Call 000 immediately.
If lightning strikes on or near your home it will look for the easiest way to ground itself, using things like electrical wires, phone lines and water pipes. It is imperative to avoid touching any of these. Windows may be shattered and walls and doors may be damaged. Fires may also result. Make sure your family and pets are safe and call 000.
Remember, in the event of a severe storm or cyclone it is important to keep a clear head and follow your emergency plans. Keep up-to-date with weather via the radio and stay put until the storm has well and truly passed.
If you suspect electrical damage to any parts of your home, call us to inspect your home or business after the storm has passed.