From May through to mid-November, the southern region of WA receives cooler temperatures as well as our typical winter weather of rain, strong winds and squalls and storms.
As we don’t often have the harshest or wettest of winters, we sometimes relax our need to keep our homes, backyards and belongings in tip-top condition in preparedness for any damaging weather.
Just like a spring clean to refresh our homes, wardrobes and backyards, it’s a great idea to “winter-ise” our homes, so we’re always prepared for inclement weather conditions.
Here are ten steps to follow, plus great online and on the ground resources to rely on, to help you prepare for and manage winter weather conditions.
Prepare you and your home in time for varying weather conditions
It’s important to know a few simple safety checks to perform, in preparation for wintery conditions, no matter if you use gas from a pipeline or gas cylinders.
Schedule a seasonal busy-bee.
In many parts of WA, we have recycling, composting, and household rubbish bins, as well as green waste pick-up and bulk household waste pick-up.
Schedule in gardening and ‘spring-cleaning’ around dates that coincide with bin and bulk waste days. If you don’t have these programs where you live, schedule in seasonal clean-ups so that you have time to check your property season to season.
Spot the risks
Keep an eye on things that can move, break, rust, fly around, snap, or burn and trim trees, tree branches and shrubs, clean gutters and drains and check your roof for any broken tiles or cracks in tin.
Move your vehicles under cover to avoid weather damage and damage from flying objects.
Smell gas? If you smell something similar to rotting egg, then it’s possibly a gas leak. This isn’t necessarily a danger to you, however if you notice this smell following bad weather you might like to check with the professionals, just in case.
Secure or take down anything outside your home that can ‘take flight’, this includes trampolines, washing lines, clothing on washing lines, pool covers and plastic backyard equipment.
Looking after our pets
A lot of pets don’t like storms so bring them inside, or ensure they have a safe place outside and if they are prone to running away make sure they have a collar and are microchipped. Microchipping is required by law in WA and costs as little as $65.
If the power goes out
Keep power charging bricks and generators handy in the event you lose power for a period of time.
If you think you might be in for a few days without power, grab a bottle of Kwik-Gas so you can keep your barbecue going if you don’t use gas in your kitchen.
Do you use Kwik-Gas cylinders for your barbecue, camping or outdoor heaters? Know how to shut off the valve on the gas cylinder.
Know where your gas meter is
It’s important to know where you natural gas meter is located at your house, in case you ever need to access it.
For most properties, your gas meter will be located in a metal box at the front or side of the house. You may have a gas-only meter, or a combination gas and electrical meter box.
Ensure you’re insured
Make sure you have the right insurance cover for your property. No matter where you live or what your budget there is a level of cover that can make the difference when you need it most.
Gas cylinder users
Check that your gas cylinders are stored securely. If you use gas cylinders, including Kwik-Gas for barbecues and outdoor heaters, ensure that you;
- Store cylinders on flat and stable ground and keep them clear of combustible materials.
- Position safety valves and connection points away from structures and other cylinders.
- If particularly bad weather, fires or flooding is expected, follow this additional advice for emergency preparation.
You can also ask a licensed gasfitter about the safest ways to store and use your gas cylinders correctly. All gas fitting work, including relocating the regulator or piping, must be performed by a licensed professional.
Remember that 45kg gas cylinders should be inspected and tested every 15 years. Our Kleenheat team will inspect our Kwik-Gas cylinders every time they are returned to our refilling depots.
Dial before you dig
Sometimes when we’re working on a DIY project, or following bad weather, we might require a clean-up effort that involves digging.
Before you do any digging or excavation work on your property, it’s a good idea to know the location of all the underground pipes and wires. Make sure you dial, before you dig.
Always have an emergency kit handy. In addition to a first aid kit, this might include hard-drives with photos, spare house, car and garage and storage locker keys, spare clothes, a torch and batteries, cash and go-to phone numbers, and even a spare mobile phone.
Who to call in an emergency
Sometimes an emergency is an emergency and sometimes it’s not, so who do you call and when?
- If your life or your property is threatened, call 000.
- For non-life-threatening crisis situations you can also contact the SES or State Emergency Services on 132 500.
- For non-life-threatening natural gas emergencies, call ATCO Gas on 13 13 52.
- Kleenheat LPG customers (cylinders tanks and reticulated gas network) can call 1800 093 336 in the event of an LPG emergency.
- For power outages, and damaged power lines contact Western Power 13 13 51 or Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
The SES or State Emergency Services, is the Western Australian volunteer based division of the Department Fire and Emergency Services of Western Australia.
The SES are a vital component of the community who rally to assist in times of natural or man-made emergencies.
Often the SES are called upon in storms, cyclones, flooding, fires and man-made emergencies (such as search and rescues), when other emergency services are occupied or not easily available.
The SES also assist in preparedness and prevention of disasters as well as responding to and recovery following an emergency or crisis.
Ever thought of joining a worthy local cause that makes a difference in times of community need? Consider becoming a volunteer with the SES. Always have a go-to-call list so you know who to call and when.
Keeping an eye on the weather
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is incredibly helpful and offers up to date information on all weather conditions across WA, no matter where you live.
Their live radar is especially handy when timing your dash to the car or shops when there’s rain forecast. The BOM website is also reliable source for checking weather conditions when you’re out and about.
You can find specific forecasts for severe weather and fire warnings, fog, smoke and air quality information and marine conditions.
Interested in learning fun facts about climate, oceans and waterways, space, and knowing more about our meteorology in general? Sign up to the BOM blog.
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