Eight Most Overlooked Tips for Hurricane Season
June 19, 2013 // Franchising.com // The first named storm of the 2013 hurricane season formed over the first weekend of the month. National forecasters are predicting an unusually busy hurricane season for 2013. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this hurricane season – running from June through November – is projected to be an “active to extremely active season” with a “70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms” and the possibility of up to “seven major hurricanes.”
“When it comes to hurricane season, history has shown that you can’t be too careful,” stated Mark Liston, president of Glass Doctor®, a leader in glass repair and installation. “Taking the time to walk through your hurricane preparedness plan each year could help alleviate some of the frustrations that come after the storm has hit. As a former Florida resident, I know this all too well.”
For those who reside in areas regularly daunted by the seasonal storms, Glass Doctor, Mr. Electric® and Rainbow International® offer the top eight overlooked tips for keeping both the home and family members safe in the event of a hurricane.
Before a storm is imminent, have an electrician inspect the home to ensure unforeseen electrical issues won’t endanger family members when a hurricane hits.
Scan all printed photographs and save on a disk or removable drive. This way the keepsakes are safe and easily transportable in the case of last minute travel.
If evacuating, remove all perishables from your fridge in anticipation of a power outage. Move items that can be frozen into the freezer. Once news of an approaching storm is released, take all necessary precautions to improve home safety. Remove or secure outdoor furniture, toys, and garden tools. Consider sinking large and dangerous objects, such as patio tables and chairs in the in-ground pool, if available.
In the case of extended power outages, use solar yard lights to light the home.
If the home is flooded, beware of snakes and creatures caught in the home during the storm. Open all windows and doors to aid in the drying process and immediately call appropriate insurance agents. Begin taking photos to document the extent of damage.
If the home has been flooded, turn off electrical power to the home until a professional has thoroughly inspected it and deemed it safe.
Capture up to 40 gallons of fresh water in your water heater by turning off power to the unit and closing the water valves. If water is shut off, you can use this supply for cleaning and operating the toilet.
“It really comes down to being proactive about the safety and security of your home and family,” states Mr. Electric President, Jeff Meyers. “Preparation and making informed decisions and timely actions could save a life.”
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About Mr. Electric®
Established in 1994, Mr. Electric is a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and repair services. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Mr. Electric franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at almost 200 locations worldwide. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit www.mrelectric.com.. © 2013 Mr. Electric Corp.
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