Junk may seem harmless and unassuming (aside from being hazardous to look at, and the leading cause of stubbed toes), but did you know that junk can result in serious injuries? If you live in an area frequented by powerful storms, junk in your yard could become dangerous projectiles in a storm. Broken lawn furniture, old appliances and yard waste could be picked up by strong winds and damage property and threaten people. Here are some tips to protect yourself from unused items lying about your home or property during a storm:
- Get rid of any non-necessities from outside your home. Old toys and rusting swingsets, broken lawn chairs, non-functioning barbecue–not only do they look bad, these are all hazards. Recycle them, donate them to charity, or hire a professional junk removal company to take them away.
- Clean up and bag yard waste like branches, clippings and trimmings. Consider stacking firewood neatly in a shed or under cover.
- Put things away. Keep the hose wrapped up, and ideally attached to the house. Don’t leave extra empty planters or pots outside. The same goes for heavy tools; keep them in the shed or garage.
- It’s a good idea to keep the yard clean and secure all year round, because you never know when the weather is going to take a turn for the worse. But in the event of a storm where you have the luxury of advance warning, we suggest securely tying down any ‘must-have’ items, like your working barbecue or heavy planters.
Sometimes the elements are so powerful and unpredictable that you may need to do more than just follow the tips above to protect yourself and your property (such as if you are in the direct path of a tornado, hurricane or storm surge); the most important thing for you to do in a storm is always find shelter and keep yourself safe.
Sam Landa is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.