There’s no doubt about it, this summer is a hot one! With extreme weather playing out across Central Queensland, it’s important to make sure your home is ready to face the worst of fire and storm season.
Our guide to safeguarding your home from extreme weather:
1. Tidy Up Outside: Don’t be a galah! Keep your yard maintained by trimming trees, clearing out gutters, and removing any debris around your property to help keep your surroundings safe. If possible, make your property accessible for large vehicles such as fire trucks in case of emergency.
2. Create an Emergency Kit: Set aside essential items such as drinking water, non-perishable food, a torch, radio, batteries, toiletries, medications, important documents/contacts and a comprehensive first aid kit. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Ideally, prepare enough supplies to last at least three days.
3. Secure Your Home: If you’ve been putting off some overdue home maintenance, now is the time to get your place in tip-top shape. Pay careful attention to the condition of your roof, check window seals and look for evidence of corrosion or termite-affected timber. If you are renting, make sure to contact your property manager or landlord to rectify any issues.
4. Check Your Insurance: It’s important to ensure you’re adequately covered should anything happen to your property, especially if you live in a disaster-prone area. Regularly review your home and contents insurance to re-evaluate your situation and be confident your policy still suits your needs.
5. Know Your Plan: On top of preparing your home and checking your insurance, remember to create an emergency plan (outlining what to do in an emergency) based on the type(s) of natural disasters most likely to affect you. Keep your emergency plan alongside your emergency supplies in an easily accessible location, and stay up to date with local weather warnings.
Don’t let a natural disaster ruffle your feathers! Chat with us today about your insurance options, we’re here to help you stay protected and prepared this storm season.
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