The southern half of the U.S. is no stranger to spring storms; and now is the time to prepare your home for extreme weather emergencies. Before spring storms arrive, contact your Box Insurance agent for a review of your homeowner’s policy, especially if you have added valuable contents, or remodeled. Our Grapevine Insurance Companies can provide you with the coverage you need.
The following tips can better prepare your household for extreme weather or other emergencies:
- Emergency lighting: Whether in the form of flashlights or battery-operated lanterns, emergency lighting in every room assists to prevent falls, bruised knees and offers comfort to little ones in a crisis. Keep extra batteries on hand to recharge, and avoid the use of candles.
- Fire extinguishers should be available in the kitchen, garage, upstairs and the basement. Be sure to inform an agent with your Grapevine Insurance Companies of safety upgrades to your home.
- Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors should be located on each floor of your home, and near the bedrooms, ensuring the alarms can be heard when your family is sleeping.
- Fire extinguisher: Approximately 45 percent of all house fires originate in the kitchen from cooking-related accidents. Having an up-to-date, functional fire extinguisher may prevent the spread of fire. Ensure your fire extinguisher is rated for kitchen use.
- Extra food and water: Maintain a minimum of three days of food and water in your home in the event you may not be able to leave your home. A minimum of one gallon of water per person per day is recommended.
- First aid kit: Keep a small first aid kit in the kitchen.
- Extra batteries: Keep extra batteries on hand for all of your devices (smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, radios, flashlights, and a weather alert radio).
Make a list of important information, including:
- Important telephone numbers, such as emergency (police and fire), and poison control center.
- The names and telephone numbers of your Grapevine Insurance Companies, including policy types and numbers.
- Telephone numbers of electric, gas, and water companies.
- Important medical information, including allergies, medications, doctor, and a brief medical history.
- Year, model, license, and identification numbers of automobiles, boats, motorcycles, and RVs.
- Bank telephone number and your account numbers.
Box’s Grapevine Insurance Companies recommend you store the following documents in a fire- and water-proof safe:
- Birth certificates
- Social security cards
- Titles to vehicles, motorcycles, boats, etc.
- Insurance policies
- Household inventory, including serial numbers, if applicable
- Photographs or videotape of contents of every room
- Photographs of valuables, such as jewelry, paintings, collection items
After a tornado, don’t use matches, lighters, appliances, or operate light switches until you verify there are no gas leaks. It only takes a tiny spark to ignite gas and cause an explosion.
If you smell the odor of gas, shut off the gas immediately. First, find the main shut-off valve located on a pipe next to the gas meter. Use an adjustable wrench to turn the valve to the “off” position. After a disaster, the gas company may be unable to reach you.
After a major disaster, shut off the electricity. Electrical sparks could ignite leaking gas and cause an explosion.
Water can be shut off at the meter, or the water main likely located near the home’s foundation.
In the event of lightning, the best means of preventing damage to sensitive electronics is to unplug them during storms.
If your home experiences damage during storms or other disaster events, contact your Box Insurance Agency agent. For nearly a century, our agents have been there for our clients when disaster strikes. If you are shopping for Grapevine Insurance Companies, give us a call. Our insurance agents will provide you with free insurance quotes for your insurance needs.