Winds don’t have to gust at the force of a hurricane to become dangerous for people and property. Powerful winds can uproot trees, fell branches, down power lines, and carry debris, thus blocking roads and potentially injuring pedestrians and damaging vehicles. A violent windstorm can even tear the roofs from buildings.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe in a windstorm and minimizing the damage massive winds can do.
Keeping the roof of your home in good condition will help protect it in the event of a powerful windstorm. Also ensure that the seals around chimneys, vents, skylights, and other openings are in good condition.
Before the storm hits
- If you hear a windstorm warning, make sure outdoor items such as garbage cans recycling bins and garden furniture are secured so that they can’t be carried away by the winds.
- Make sure windows and doors are closed.
- If your car is parked near a tree, a street light or a power line, move it indoors or to a safer spot if possible.
- If you have propane-powered appliances, close the stop valve on the propane tank.
- Postpone any trips.
During the storm
- Gather family members and pets and stay indoors.
- If winds become violent, move to the basement or lowest floor.
- If you are driving, get off the road as soon as possible and stop your vehicle away from trees or power lines. Stay inside the car until the storm passes.