SOURCE: Angie's List

Angie's List

August 25, 2011 08:57 ET

Angie's List Urges DC Residents to Protect Their Homes From Advancing Hurricane

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Aug 25, 2011) - Tuesday's earthquake and the potential blow from Hurricane Irene are good reminders that you can never be too prepared for an emergency. By taking a few precautionary measures, you can rest assured that you're protecting your home, family and pets during the next round of severe storms.

In the event of strong winds and lighting, tall trees can pose a danger to nearby homes and cars. If you haven't had your trees trimmed recently, call a licensed tree service company to inspect trees for dead limbs.

In heavy downpours, water can be your home's worst enemy. Inspect window casings for signs of cracks where water could come in. And if you have a basement or crawlspace, make sure your sump pump is in working order. It's a good idea to have a back-up just in case. Store any belongings on risers or in plastic containers to protect them in the event your basement becomes flooded.

Power outages are also likely in extreme weather conditions, so an alternate source of power can really come in handy. Investigate buying a generator for backup power, or test your existing generator to ensure it will work when you really need it. Also, make sure to check smoke-detectors.

Reading by candlelight may be fun, but remember, candles remain one of the most common sources of residential fires. Instead, buy each family member his or her own flashlight. Store extra batteries in a designated "emergency supply" area, such as a linen closet, or consider purchasing a hand-cranked flashlight.

Taking these steps will prepare your home for challenging storms. Angie's List is the nation's premier provider of consumer reviews on home repair and health care services. Visit Angie's List to find highly rated service providers in the Washington, D.C. area.

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