04/17/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/17/2019 08:05
With warnings being issued about the possibility of inclement weather occurring across the country, people should be preparing themselves by taking the necessary steps to ensure that major assets escape damage and that they and their families are safe, says Christelle Colman, Insurance Expert at Old Mutual Insure.
'The most dangerous place to be caught in a storm is when you are driving. Country roads and crowded highways are equally dangerous. Roads that are slippery and flooded can spell disaster regardless of traffic loads. If the rain is heavy enough to impede your view of the road because your wipers can't cope with the volume of water, the best thing to do is to pull up safely on the shoulder, put on your car's hazards and wait for the squall to pass before proceeding on your journey.'
If stopping isn't an option, says Colman, then consider:
'The most important thing to do is to avoid panicking. Thinking logically and taking action could save your life.' Turning to precautions that homeowners should take, Colman says that potential damage can be caused by lightning and rainfall.
Steps to take to avoid damage include:
'One of the surest ways of making sure that your house is weatherproof is to do regular maintenance. Rectifying problems as soon as you notice them, means that the problem won't get bigger if weather strikes,' says Colman.
'When storms and floods hot an area, damage can occur quickly and dramatically. People should not under any circumstances try to repair damage while a storm is raging. Fixed property and cars can be repaired, not human lives. Caution and self-preservation should be uppermost in everybody's minds when the weather turns bad'.