When a massive dust storm overtook Phoenix this past July, it brought into sharp focus the need to stay prepared for any severe weather event. Near-zero visibility and 50 mph winds made driving and walking dangerous. Home is definitely the safest place in a dust storm or monsoon.
Custom home builders in Arizona are experts at creating houses ready to weather most any storm, but you can take extra precautions to protect your investment.
When a dust storm is forecast, the Chubb Insurance group recommends this basic to-do list:
- Close exterior doors and windows, and seal other exterior openings.
- Turn off HVAC systems to avoid drawing dust inside and clogging ducts, fans, blowers, filters and vents.
- Cover pool, spa and exterior heat pumps with a tightly fitting dust proof cover or tarp.
- Bring exterior furniture inside and put vehicles in the garage or carport
A portable generator is your best ally during dust-storm and monsoon season in Arizona. To stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning, use your generator-powered appliances outdoors only.
If you don’t own a generator, you can still maintain your home and your health and comfort during a power outage. The Centers for Disease Control recommends …
- Keeping the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Food generally stays fresh in a half-filled freezer 24 hours, and in a completely filled freezer for 48 hours.
- Having bags of ice and a cooler on hand for power outages; use them to store milk, meat, eggs and other refrigerated items.
- Checking your food with a food thermometer before you cook or eat it. Throw away any food that has a temperature higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
The aftermath of an Arizona dust storm or monsoon can be a messy business. But it’s also a good time to replace your heating and AC filters, clean the gutters and check your solar panels for dust.
Want to know more about prepping your home for a storm? Custom home builders in Arizona can help.