5 Ways To Protect Your Castle From Devastating Natural Disasters

Do you refer to your home as your castle? This gives you the impression it would always keep you safe. After all, castles in fairytales are designed to be impenetrable, right? In the real world your 'castle' might not keep you safe if a disaster was to strike.

Hopefully you know there are some things you can do to protect yourself. If you're prepared for the worst there is less chance of getting hurt. Let's hope all possible natural disasters stay away, but to be on the safe side we'll look at a few things you should know.

Remove Rollers From Large Objects

Have you noticed large kitchen appliances and living room furniture sometimes has rollers underneath them? This is to help you move them around, but once they're actually in position do you still need them? Not unless you plan on switching things around for fun on a regular basis. If you remove the rollers from large objects it will be a lot more difficult for them to move when the ground shakes.

Switches And Shutoff Valves

One of the biggest dangers you'll face will be from the gas, water, and electricity currently coming into your home. If something bad was to happen you could end up with flooding everywhere, electric sparks could cause fires, and in very rare circumstances the house could even blow up. Although those things are unlikely to happen it still pays to know where all the main switches and shutoff valves are so you can turn them off.

Securing Your Chimney With Straps

If you were to build a solid home from scratch it would always have a steel foundation, because it's a lot tougher than anything else. Anyone living in an area where a natural disaster is likely to strike should attach the chimney to their roof with steel straps. It's going to be one of the first things to come crashing down. Once a chimney falls it causes a tremendous amount of damage to the roof.

Keep Your Trees Trimmed

When you've got enough time and you know high winds are about to hit your home it's easy to board up windows. This will ensure nothing smashes them, but more importantly you won't end up with sharp objects flying through your home. You don't always have time to board everything up, so make sure the trees in your garden are always neatly trimmed. Keeping your garden free of clutter is a wise move too.

Take Flammable Liquids Outside

You shouldn't have any flammable liquids inside your home unless you count the small bottles underneath your kitchen sink. Keeping flammable liquids in the garage attached to your home is a difficult story, and it's a lot more common than you think. Even if stored correctly it's not what you want close to a heat source. The safest place you can keep flammable liquids stored away is in a steel shed inside your garden.

It's Not Worth The Risk

You should know by now what kind of danger you're in. Natural disasters can affect us all, but they're much more common in certain parts on the country. If you think there is the slightest chance you could end up in trouble one day it wouldn't hurt to take action on all the tips we've just covered. At the very least you'll waste a little time, but they could potentially save your life.

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