Thunderstorm Safety Tips

Thunder Storm Safety Tips - Modern Era Plumbing - Plumber Adelaide

Adelaide has experienced some crazy storms this week causing major damage. Severe storms and heavy rain can affect your home’s plumbing and cause dangerous back drafts too. Here are some thunderstorm safety tips to help you keep you and your family safe through a storm.

Flooding

If your home had a track record of flooding, make sure all electrical appliances and wires are packed away. If you know a storm is coming, check your gutters and grates to make sure they have plenty of space to rid the area of water. Make sure all the taps are turned off and doors and windows are shut. In the event that the inside of your home becomes wet from a storm, use a wet-dry vacuum or dehumidifier to absorb the water and to prevent mould.

Thunder Storm Safety Tips - Modern Era Plumbing - Plumber Adelaide
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Protect yourself

If you’re inside during a storm, try and stay away from windows as they may shatter during a storm. Avoid using any electrical appliances or any water outlets. Keep curtains and blinds closed for extra protection in case the window shatters. If you’re outside when the storm hits try and find shelter as quickly as you can. Avoid using metal objects and get off your motorbike or bicycle if you’re on one.

Thunder Storm Safety Tips - Modern Era Plumbing - Plumber Adelaide

 

Protect your home

If you suspect a storm, unplug all appliances and try remove any dead or dry branches on nearby trees that could potentially break and damage your home in a storm. Turn as many lights off as you can and store your car in a garage out of harm’s way.

Thunder Storm Safety Tips - Modern Era Plumbing - Plumber Adelaide

 

General home maintenance

Check your home for leaks every few months. Generally you’ll know if there is a leak or damage (by smell, sound or visible signs) Read our blog for advice on how to detect issues with your plumbing before it’s too late!

Thunder Storm Safety Tips - Modern Era Plumbing - Plumber Adelaide

Read more about how to protect your home from an extreme storm here on the South Australian Government website. Phone SES on 132 500 if you need help.

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