Preventing wind damage
Ensure your family’s safety and prevent wind damage to your property and residence using these tips.
How to prepare
- Store or tie down anything that could blow away
Make sure your patio furniture, barbecue, trampoline, containers (trash, recycling or compost), etc. are stored or firmly tied down.
- Close the openings in your temporary carport if you have one
- Remove any linen or cloth covers for gazebos, chairs or swings
- Close any awnings
- Stay indoors until the storm has passed
- Keep away from doors and windows
- In the event of a power outage, unplug your electrical appliances
This will help to prevent an overload when the power comes back on (remember to quickly plug the refrigerator and freezer back in!).
Once the storm has passed, here are a few tips to prevent any damage you may have sustained from becoming worse.
Once the situation is under control, call a claims advisor to open your claim.
- Carry out any emergency repairs*
For example, board up broken windows to avoid water infiltration.
- Contact a roofer if any repairs to the roof are needed*
- Secure the premises
Pick up branches and other debris that could cause injury or damage.
- Contact a tree pruner
If you have a tree that is damaged or likely to fall and cause damage, call a professional.*
- Make an inventory of your damaged property
(PDF) List of property
- Take photos of the damage
For more information, read the disaster prevention tips from the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services of Ontario and the Government of Canada's list of key steps to take during an emergency.
*Refer to your insurance policy to determine the scope of your coverage. Keep receipts for all expenses incurred in protecting or preserving your property.
These tips are provided for information only and are not all inclusive. They neither constitute nor replace the advice of an expert.
- The information provided on this page is meant for informational purposes only. Full details regarding coverage and exclusions can be found in the home insurance policy, which always prevails. Certain conditions, limitations and exclusions may apply.