By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor,
Preparing your home for extreme weather can be a frightening prospect. No one knows what Mother Nature will decide to do, so you have to be ready for whatever she brings.
These are some simple steps you can take that will give you and your family a fighting chance during extreme weather:
- Having a standby generator is essential should the power go out. This piece of equipment can enable you to continue most daily activities without inconvenience. And access to power is particularly important if anyone in your home requires medical equipment that runs off electricity. Further, a standby generator will keep your air conditioner (or furnace) going and your home comfortable -- even when extreme weather knocks the power out.
- Keeping a first-aid kit handy can turn an extreme weather situation into a more manageable one. Stock your first-aid kit with band-aids, gauze, medical tape and scissors, as well as ointment to treat burns.
- Gathering other supplies, such as water and food, will help you endure a period of time without power. Store a supply of water -- one gallon for every person in your home per day, and enough for three days -- and food -- including at least a three-day supply of pre-packaged and non-perishable foods -- in an out-of-the-way place. Keep an eye on expiration dates, and rotate your stored food supply as needed.
- Ensuring access to other critical supplies is essential for enduring extreme weather. Keep a few flashlights, extra batteries, a battery-operated radio and hygiene items on hand.
To learn more about how you and your family can endure extreme weather, contact Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling. Our experts are happy to provide you with advice to make your home safer for you and your family. Serving homeowners in the areas surrounding San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley, we're always happy to help.
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