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How to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage - AA Ireland How to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage - AA Ireland

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How to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage - AA Ireland

Published 21st February 2021Read Time 3 min

Let’s face it when it comes to our Irish weather it is not uncommon to experience the entire four seasons in one week (or a day!). Our AA Home Insurance team have put together some tips on how to help protect your home in the event of a storm.

Protecting Your Home From Extreme Weather

  • Check for severe weather warnings in your area, and be prepared if there is a risk of a power cut.
  • Visually inspect your roof for loose tiles or damaged chimney pots and get any problems repaired. Also make sure your TV aerial is secured.
  • Clear your guttering and drain pipes to avoid blockages. Consider fitting gutter leaf guards, especially if there are tall trees near your home.
  • Trim back any bushes or small trees that could damage your windows in a high wind.
  • Put a storm kit together that includes food, bottled water, a first aid kit, any necessary medication, emergency phone numbers, clothes, blankets, bin bags, a torch, batteries, a wind-up radio and a disposable camera or a smartphone (to take photos of any damage for your insurance company).
  • Make sure you know where to turn off your electricity, gas and water supplies.

Before a storm arrives

  • Secure any loose garden items, such as tools and chairs, to prevent them from being blown away.
  • Unplug all non-essential electrical devices to avoid damage from power surges caused by lightning strikes.
  • Park your car in a garage if possible or move it away from buildings and trees.

During a storm

  • Keep your doors, windows and storm shutters (if you have them) closed.
  • Close your curtains to protect against breaking glass.
  • Only open internal doors when needed and close them behind you.
  • Don’t try and repair any damage outside until the storm has passed.
  • If you need to evacuate, turn off your gas, water and electricity before you leave (if safe to do so).

After a storm has passed

  • If your home has been damaged by the storm, contact your insurance company immediately.
  • Keep away from trees and outside walls as they may have been damaged in the storm.
  • If you’ve lost power at night, use torches rather than candles for light to avoid a fire hazard.

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