Home Living 101: Disaster Proofing Your Home

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“We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge; so many lives would not have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness” –Petra Nemcoya

Natural disasters, no matter how well-prepared we are for them, are inevitable. A lifetime of savings in buying and annually paying a home, months of erecting and establishing that very same home can all be gone in the blink of an eye and without warning. Whether this disaster may be a fire, a typhoon/hurricane, a freak tornado, earthquakes or destroyed by constant inundation—nothing will truly prepare you for losing a home which you have worked all of your life to build. For this reason, disaster preparedness as well as disaster-proofing your homes are imperative measures you need to undertake in order for you to take on any sort of brunt these fortuitous disasters may bring. These are crucial in keeping your home base and the members residing in it safe.

So, take a look at the measures listed down below because whether you are looking for a rental lot in abreeza residences or are looking to buy a lot in Alveo Laguna, knowing how to prepare yourself and your homes for an impending natural disaster can make all the difference between surviving and not making it.

FLOODS

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Safeguard electrical sockets and appliances at home

One very precarious situation you would be in the event of a flooding is electrocution. For this reason, your sockets, raise switches, wirings and circuit breakers should at least a foot above the expect flood level in your area. When water starts rising outside, be sure to keep appliances in elevated areas to prevent them from breaking or electrocuting you. If your house is constantly inundated in the event of a storm or a rain, it might be time to renovate and elevate the area.

Anchor and raise outdoor equipment

Electrical power units and generators should never sit on the ground or those backup facilities will be rendered useless by the inundation of water. In the same vein, fuel tanks and the like should be anchored and raised above your flood level. If these are unanchored, they have the tendency to break free and severed supply lines will contaminate the surrounding ground.

Determine how water flows around your house

Take a look at the grading or slope of your home (generally the angle of the ground that would direct water to or from your house). Then observe how the water flows or accumulates in the event of a torrential rain. It is best if your home is built in a way that water would drain away from the building. If your stress is prone to inundation even in the event of a light rain, talk to the home association as to how you can remedy this.

EARTHQUAKES

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Strengthen your walls

Walls are often vulnerable to collapse during earthquakes and even more so are cripple walls. These walls are short, wood-framed walls found above the foundation in crawl spaces or in some certain homes, basements. Have your contractor install a plywood or cross-bracing in order to fortify these cripple walls which would reduce the risk of collapse.

Add strapping or bolts to strengthen the connection between the home and the foundation

This is imperative if you do not want your home to collapse in the event of an earthquake as this will reinforce your home. Your contractor should be able to do this. Additionally, if you have water heaters installed at home, have them strapped to a wall so that it is less likely to break away and cause damage.

FIRES

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Make sure there are no overloaded sockets or wires

One way to start a fire is to precariously overload a socket with too many extension wires that would be connected to a lot of plugs. Another cardinal sign that you are overloading your wires is continuously blowing a fuse when you are turning on a particular light or using a certain electrical outlet. Call your electrician as soon as possible to prevent a fire hazard.

Double check your smoke/fire alarms

If there is one vital alarm you should have at your home, it should be a smoke alarm that is working at all times. To make sure they are, they should be checked at least twice a year and immediately replaced should there be any glitch or anything that is faulty with it that would prevent it from sounding off at the appropriate time.

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