I love thunderstorms– the rain, the sounds, the rolling thunder, the flashes of lightning– I find it all very calming, and sometimes inspirational. If the power goes off, even better. Now, I love electricity. I love my laptop, the internet, Netflix, Pinterest, playing online games, my GPS, my phone, chatting with friends, air conditioning– I’d be absolutely lost without it all. But, sometimes it can all be a bit draining. When the power is off, you can’t do anything but talk to family, read by candlelight, or think to yourself. And it relaxes me. As long as I’m inside my home! However, as nice as thunderstorms can be, they can also be very dangerous. They can cause a ton of damage to your property if you aren’t prepared. So, always put safety first. Check out these maintenance tips by Bill Gasset at Mass Real Estate News for summer storm weatherizing info:
-Installing storm shutters can add another layer of protection
-Secure all outdoor items- furniture, toys, trash cans– anything not bolted down can become a projectile.
-Trim trees with loose branches regularly
-Invest in a backup generator for power outages. Keep well stocked with flash lights, batteries, and candles.
-Keep gutters clean and make sure they divert water away from your home
-Fill in cracks in basement walls or foundation
-Consider purchasing flood insurance