What you should be doing to prepare your home for potential high winds

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HOUSTON – A big concern for your home and property are high winds as weather moves in. Now is a good time to get outside and bring in everything that’s not anchored to the ground.

Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50 to 60 miles an hour.

What should you do with your trampoline before expected high winds?

Trampoline manufacturer Springfree said “If you anticipate SEVERE and EXTREME weather, the trampoline should be moved to a sheltered location or disassembled.”

Some trampoline owners say you should remove the net, flip it over and stack sandbags on top to hold it down. You can try to secure it to the ground in an upright position... But the more rain we get, the lower the chance the stakes and anchors will hold in the soggy ground.

Take a look around your yard. Bring in patio furniture, your grill, dog house, potted plants, toys, and anything else that is not secure. You can store them in your garage, but keep in mind, garage doors are often the most vulnerable opening on a home during a hurricane. When you are outside, look for and remove loose branches or tree limbs.

Is all storm damage covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Even if you have homeowners insurance, if you don’t do your part to protect your property you may not be covered. One Conroe woman whose home was damaged by a flying trampoline told us her neighbor’s insurance company denied the claim, saying the damage was caused by an act of God.

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