| September 13, 2023

Tips to prepare your home for a storm

Tips for preparing for fall and winter storms.

We’re no stranger to bad weather in Nova Scotia. Preparing your home for a storm is essential.

Make sure your family and property stay safe and protected with these tips:


Preparing Your Home Heating


Check Your Heating System
Ensure your heating system (electric heaters, furnace, or boiler) is in good working condition before the storm. Replace any damaged parts or filters if needed. 

Remember: Heat pumps rely on electricity to operate, so during a power outage, they will not function. 

Alternative Heating
Have alternative heating sources available, such as a portable space heater or a wood-burning stove, in case your main heating system fails during the storm. 

Fuel Supply
If you use a fuel-based heating system, like oil or propane, make sure you have an adequate supply of fuel to last through the storm. 

Ensure your home is well-insulated to retain heat. Seal any drafts around doors and windows with weather stripping or caulk. 

Consider having a backup generator that can power your heating system, especially if you live in an area prone to extended power outages. 


Managing Electronics and Appliances


Surge Protectors
Use surge protectors for all your sensitive electronics, such as computers, TVs, and gaming consoles. This will help protect them from power surges during the storm.

Unplug When Necessary
Unplug non-essential electronics and appliances during the storm to prevent damage from power fluctuations and lightning strikes. 

Backup Power
If you have essential electronics like medical equipment, consider investing in a battery backup system or uninterruptible power supply to keep them running during power outages. 

Emergency Lighting
Have flashlights, battery-powered lanterns, and candles (with appropriate safety precautions) on hand for lighting in case of power outages. 


General Storm Preparedness


Emergency Kit
Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential items like non-perishable food, water, blankets, a first-aid kit, and a battery-operated weather radio. 

Stay Informed
Keep yourself updated on weather alerts and warnings through a battery-operated or hand-cranked weather radio, or a weather app on your phone.  

Evacuation Plan
Have an evacuation plan in place if you live in an area prone to flooding or other severe weather events. Know your local evacuation routes and shelters. 


Stay safe and don’t forget to stock up on your storm chips!