Living in Las Vegas, NV you thankfully don’t need to worry about hurricanes, but for most other weather disasters, there is always a possibility. From snow storms to flooding, Sage Insurance Services Inc. wants to make sure you are covered and ready for any disaster. The more prepared you are, the safer everyone is inside of your home and the less damage the home may sustain. These easy to follow tips should set you down the right path to home and family protection.
Cold-Prep the House
In the event of heavy snow fall, there’s not much you can do to prevent it from falling onto your house. That doesn’t mean you can’t do anything, however. Insulate your pipes to prevent water from freezing in the event of a power outage. install new weather stripping around doors and windows and fill in cracks around the foundation of your home. It’s also best to have your roof inspected annually. Heavy snowfall quickly exposes problems a roof has due to both the moisture and weight.
Sandbags on the Ready
Have a box of sandbags at your disposal. Keep it in your garage for when necessary. After a heavy rainfall, flash flooding can occur. Create a barrier around openings into your home, such as your front door and garage.
It might sound odd to include landscaping as a way to disaster proof your home, but it is a major task to handle. Look for any trees, bushes or other landscaping that is dead or dying. In the event of heavy winds these branches become dangerous projectiles. Even the smallest branch can smash a window, cause vehicle damage or injure an individual. Thankfully, you only really need to do this once during the year to protect your home.
If you live in Las Vegas, you probably don’t need to store a snow shovel in your car, but there are several other items that you will find handy this winter.
- Jumper Cables – The desert heat and lack of humidity makes battery fluids evaporate faster, and batteries are prone to die when the temperatures drop. Batteries that are meant to last several years can surprise you by shorting out after just one or two.
- Spare Tire / Iron – This is a year round must have. Especially with all the construction happening in Las Vegas, there is a lot of debris in the road that can wedge itself up into your tire, which always seems to happen when you’re in a hurry to an important place. Having tire sealant on hand (and knowing how to use it) is a good idea too.
- Extra windshield wiper – Vegas heat is notorious for dry rot, and windshield wipers are a common victim of the desert sun. The wipers are prone to complete disintegration, which you aren’t likely to notice until the moment torrential rains are making everything outside your windshield completely invisible.
- Multitool – Look for things specific to auto travel, like a seatbelt cutter, a window breaker, a screw driver, a flashlight, etc. In the desert, there is a higher chance of rain than snow and nowhere for the runoff to go, which is why a moderate sprinkle can cause several inches of water buildup on the roads.
- Auto Emergency kit – Many cars come stocked with everything from work gloves to tow rope. You can buy them, too.
- Proper auto insurance – There’s no way to prepare for every single kind of emergency. Your best bet for those situations is to be insured against them. Head over to Sage Insurance Services Inc. to make sure you are ready for anything.