Posted on May 09, 2017 Topic(s): Cooking
As snowpacks melt, creeks, streams, and rivers swell to accommodate the extra run-off. Add a high amount of precipitation in a short period of time and many areas within the Okanagan fall victim to flooding and mudslides. However, there are lots of ways to prepare and protect your home and your home appliances in the event of a flood. To help you through the next big flood, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks to make sure you and your appliances aren’t affected too badly by perilous weather conditions.
Turn off the Electricity – if the power hasn’t already gone out, make sure you shut down the electricity in your home. If your home appliances have an encounter with floodwater, they’ll be less likely to short out if the source of power has been disconnected.
Keep a Nose out for Gas Leaks – If the gas line becomes damaged due to flooding conditions, you may not notice right away. Do the sniff test every time you walk into your kitchen. If you smell gas coming from gas ranges, ovens, or even the gas BBQ on your deck, leave your home immediately and call the local fire department.
Prepare During Renovations – If you’re in the process of renovating your kitchen or will be soon and you live in an area prone to floods, do a little pre-flood planning. Ensure that switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring are installed at least a foot above an expected flood level in your home.
Keep Ahead of the Problem – If the area you live in is at risk of flooding, take the following precautions before a local state of emergency is declared:
Boil water notices are commonplace during and after a flood. If your neighbourhood has been put on notice, there are a few steps you should take to ensure you and your family have access to clean water.
If flood damage has pushed you into finally tackling that kitchen renovation you’ve always wanted, take a look at our previous post: Remodelling Tips: Kitchens and Canadian Appliances.
If it’s time to update or replace some of the appliances in your home, come and speak to the appliance superstars at Genier’s in Vernon. We’d be happy to introduce you to some of the best appliances on the market and give you a tour through our live showroom.