A QUALIFIED electrician and super DIY fan has revealed how to make your home hurricane proof with a little preparation – like putting ice in your washing machine.
Ally Childress listed 10 key steps to take during hurricane season if you’re in the direct path of the storm or unable to evacuate in a blog post.
In an article for the Family handymanChildress asked readers to put ice in their washing machine
When the washing machine is turned off, melting ice flows out – but she urged people not to try this with a front-loading machine or use it to store food.
Likewise, the electrician advised homeowners to keep the bathtub filled with water for several days to give you the means to still be hygienic.
You can use the water for cleaning and flushing toilets, without even filling the tank.
Simply pour the water into a toilet bowl – but you should never drink the water without boiling or disinfecting it.
The CDC note that you should have one gallon of water per person per animal per day.
Rather than competing for bottled water, Childress recommended using what’s in your tap.
Ahead of the storm, she urged Americans to get a food-grade cooler with a tap and fill it with water.
In these types of coolers, you don’t have to open the lid at all, keeping the water fresh and germ-free, she said.
Homeowners can even put one in the bathroom or on the kitchen counter, directing the faucet above the sink.
The LED lights are bright, making up for the lack of power.
You can place strips and washers in cabinets and stairwells to extra flashlights – and some can even detect motion.
You may have to rely on canned food during a storm and many cans have tabs, but not all.
To save energy and make your life easier, invest in a manual can opener.
Likewise, if you’re stuck in the house, your dog will still need a place to relieve himself.
One option suggested by Childress is to lay grass in a kiddie pool, so your dog knows what to do.
You can also use puppy pads and kitty litter.
You can fill Ziploc sandwich bags with clean water and put them in the freezer before the storm hits.
They help keep food frozen and could possibly be a necessary source of water.
It will also keep food in the fridge cool.
WATER JUG LACTERN
You can use a transparent container and place a headlamp around it.
Make sure the lamp faces the water and you can even drink it if you need to.
If you don’t have LED lights, this hack will get you through your day without getting in the way.
STORAGE OF FOOD
A thermometer is necessary to ensure that your food does not spoil.
If your electricity is out for more than four hours, it’s time to check the refrigerator.
If it’s over 40 degrees in there, throw out anything perishable.
Frozen foods are safe to eat or refrozen if they still contain ice crystals.
If the freezer is still below 40 degrees, it’s also safe to eat.
Many people put their important documents in the dishwasher to protect them during a storm.
However, GE spokesperson Kim Freeman told the NBC affiliate 11Alive in Atlanta that’s a bad idea.
If your house is destroyed. the dishwasher and your documents could very well be too.
Instead, put them in airtight containers like plastic bins that are easy to grab if you need to evacuate.