How to Protect Your Property against Natural Disasters
When it comes to health, prevention is better than cure. This also applies to your property. Prevention and protection are essential aspects of home and property maintenance, especially in a country like Australia with our harsh climate.
Given the potential for wild weather, it is important to protect your property to minimise any damage.
One way of preventing flooding in your home is to ensure that you have valid home and contents insurance. A flash flood happens suddenly and you don't have enough time to gather your possessions. But if your home and belongings are insured, it’s one less thing to worry about. Another thing that you can do is that if you live near a body of water is to make sure to have a boat with a fully functioning motor. This will come in handy if you need to leave your property due to serious flooding.
Hail and Storms
Hail usually occurs after an extremely hot day. Protect your property and possessions before hail hits by ensuring that the roof is in good condition. If you notice any broken or missing tiles, repair them immediately. Also, your car should be parked under cover and away from trees and electric cables.
Hot, dry weather can trigger a bushfire. Be aware and prepared for bushfire season especially if you live in a fire-prone area. Discuss the fire plan with your family. Be equipped with the right fire protection equipment, as well as emergency supplies. It’s also beneficial if you have a fire pump engine as this provides a reliable form of defence against fire that can damage your property.
Australia still experiences earthquakes even though the country is outside of a tectonic plate boundary. It’s best to be prepared. Make sure that the structure of your home is in good condition, meaning there are no cracks on the walls or broken or loose roof tiles. On your shelves, arrange your things so that the heavy and fragile ones are at the bottom. Use durable latches to secure cupboard and cabinet doors.