As homeowners in the Northeast know all too well, summer means more than backyard barbecues. It also means storm preparation.
Summer storm season lasts from June to November along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, with thunderstorms hitting Maryland once every five days on average in July and August.
Fortunately, by following a storm preparation checklist, you and your home can remain safe and comfortable all summer long.
Before a Storm
Begin by ensuring the areas outside your home are free of debris that could shift or go airborne in case of high winds. Items like patio furniture and grills should be brought indoors or securely fastened to make sure they aren't blown about during a storm.
Next, examine your trees and shrubbery, trimming as necessary. Loose limbs and damaged branches can cause property damage if launched toward your home.
It's worth making sure your roof is in proper condition to avoid leaks. Installation of weather-proof shingles can also help you avoid damage from hail. While you're up there, ensure your rain gutters are clear and functioning properly.
Back on the ground, consider if installing storm windows makes sense for you home.
Since summer storms often bring power outages, you may wish to invest in a backup generator to keep your home powered during rough weather. When choosing among home generators, it's important to establish how much power is necessary to run the necessities, such as your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
You'll also want to make sure your generator is safe outside during a storm. Backup generators can be installed complete with corrosion-proof enclosures designed to protect them and provide an aesthetically pleasing addition to your property to boot.
Even with a backup generators installed, it's smart to invest in candles and flashlights in case of power loss. Having bottled water, non-perishable food, a manual can opener and a first-aid kit handy is also recommended.
During a Storm
Depending on the severity of the storm, it's best to stay indoors and avoid standing near windows and doors. Keep all openings to outside securely closed.
If a storm is particularly violent, identify the safest area of your home and take shelter there. This may be a basement, or a room above ground with no windows, such as a bathroom.
After a Storm
Once a storm has passed, inspect your property for any damage. Stay away from dangerous debris, such as downed power lines or precarious tree limbs.
SMO Energy's certified technicians can help you in your storm preparation efforts through the selection and installation of home generators, including gas piping and fuel delivery, providing constant protection from power failure during storm season.