A strong wind can take more than just your breath away. It can damage vehicles, homes and more. Did you know that, according to The Weather Network Canada gets 62 verified tornadoes per year, with an average of 12 to 13 in Ontario? In Ontario most tornadoes occur between Windsor and Barrie. It’s also no coincidence that that same stretch of Ontario has the most frequent thunderstorms in Canada.
With all those storms comes the potential for high winds, which can cause considerable damage to property. According to Environment Canada straight-line thunderstorm winds can be as strong as some tornadoes and cover a much larger area? A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when wind gusts exceed 90 km/h. In Canada storms are increasing both in frequency and in severity, meaning there’s more of them and they are more powerful.
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What Can You Do To Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones?
- Always be alert. With strong winds comes flying debris. Keep your head up so you can see if something is flying at you.
- There are many weather news outlets. So find one that provides great warnings and information and stay tuned on weather updates, warnings and watches.
- Look to the sky. Dark clouds, increasing winds and distant thunder could spell a severe storm or tornado.
- When a storm or tornado hits get indoors and away from windows and outside walls.
What Can You do to Protect Your Property?
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction has an ebooklet titled “Protect Your Home From Severe Wind.” The purpose of the booklet is to show what steps a homeowner can take to protect their home from damage from high winds. Some of the measures are relatively simple, while others are more complex and cost money.
On most home, business or property insurance there is coverage for wind and hail. And if you carry comprehensive coverage your vehicles you’ll have coverage for falling objects. Even with that coverage you don’t want to have your home or business damaged by wind. Inspect your home now. There’s lots you can do to ensure you minimize the damage to your home as much as possible.
Keep an eye out for the following:
- Inspect your roof. Strong winds create uplift, which can, if strong enough, rip the roof from a building. Ensuring that your roof is in good repair and that any roofing material, such as shingles, are secured to the structure will go a long way to reducing damage.
- Make sure your doors are the kind that are pressure or impact rated. Having a door fail in a high wind storm can cause significantly more damage to the home. Using deadbolts, slidebolts and longer attachment screws will help.
- Because winds can send all manner of debris through the air windows are prone to damage. Once broken the internal air pressure from the wind can weaken the house. Consider installing storm shutters before a storm.
- Make sure your garage door is pressure and impact rated. You can also check with your garage door manufacturer to see what they recommend to strengthen your garage door.
- Secure any patio furniture, propane tanks, garden tools, toys. Anything that could be taken by the wind and sent flying into your neighbour’s home.
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To read the full ebooklet visit here. They have a lot of useful information including how to measure the risk of wind damage to your home.
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