Remove or Secure Movable Items
Our yards are often littered with objects that can become projectiles during a summer storm. Consider, for example, barbecues, garden chairs, bicycles, garbage containers or some kids’ toys. In addition to the probability that they themselves might be broken when buffeted by the wind, once air born, they could damage other things on your property. Nobody wants to discover a battered shed door, a smashed house window or a torn garden awning once the skies have cleared!
The solutions: before the storm strikes, put away as many of your outdoor belongings as possible (like in the garage or in a garden chest), and tie down everything else firmly.
Park Your Car Away from Potential dangers
To protect your vehicle, park it in the garage or a few metres distance from anything you think represents a potential hazard, such as streetlights which can be blown down and trees that are at risk of splitting and falling during episodes of violent wind.
Lock the Doors and Windows
Go through the house to check that all entrances are properly closed and, ideally, locked. High winds can force doors and windows open, allowing water and debris to come in.
Implement Temporary Solutions
A storm breaks out and you notice that your gazebo is swaying to-and-fro and could crush the brand-new shed. You certainly don’t have time to firmly anchor it to the ground now.
If it is safe to do so, secure the garden structure with ropes, for example, by attaching it to a heavy table or to solid fence posts. Do the same for everything that might be vulnerable to limit the storm’s consequences. You can find a permanent solution for each problem later.
BEFORE STORMS STRIKE
An ounce or prevention is worth a pound of cure! The first step is, of course, to keep an eye on the weather conditions in the area where you live. In Quebec, these can vary significantly from one region to the next, and some places are more frequently subject to windstorm than others. That way, you’ll know if you need to do more to protect your property!
To this end, contact your municipality directly. An employee will also be able to let you know if your municipality offers residential renovations programs and permits to weatherproof your home.