Gone With the Wind?

{June {is|marks} the official {beginning|start} of this {hurricane|year’s hurricane} season, and {along with|with} that {arrives|comes} the {costly|real} danger {of|caused by} high winds|The hurricane season {starts|commences|begins} in June, which means {it is|it’s} time to {talk about|think about} wind damage|Hurricane season, which {started|starts|begins} {in|this} June, goes {together|hand in hand} with wind damage}. {Even if you {reside|live} in {a location|an area} where hurricanes {don’t occur|are not expected}, {strong winds|localized storms|strong winds from localized storms} can {lead to|cause a} {extensive|great deal of} damage, costing {billions|billions of dollars} each year in the {United States|U.S}|{Every|Each} year, the {United States|U.S.} experiences billions of dollars in damage from {localized storms|strong winds from localized storms|strong winds}, even in {places|locations|areas} where hurricanes don’t {occur|happen}|{Strong winds|Localized storms|Strong winds from localized storms} {lead to|result in|cause} billions of dollars in damage {annually|{every|each} year}, even in {places|areas} {out of the hurricane zone|that don’t experience hurricanes}}. {{Baton Rouge homeowners|Homeowners in Baton Rouge} can {follow these tips|take precautions} before a {storm hits|storm} to {minimize|reduce|decrease} {wind damage|the chance of wind damage} to their {home|property|house}|To {decrease|minimize|help decrease} the {damage|amount of damage} {wind|a storm} can inflict, there are {a few|certain} things that {homeowners in Baton Rouge|Baton Rouge homeowners} can do|{Below|Included below} are {some|a few} helpful tips for {homeowners in Baton Rouge|Baton Rouge homeowners} to minimize the damage caused by {wind|a storm}}:

  •          {{Look|Check} {around|around {your|the} yard} for items that can {come loose|blow away|come loose or even blow away} in high winds and {ensure that|make sure} they are {secured|secured or stored away}|{Secure|Secure or store} {all|any} items that {could|can} {come loose|come loose or blow away} in {a major wind storm|high winds}|Find {all|any} items that {can|may|could} {come loose|come loose or blow away} in {a wind storm|high winds} and {ensure that|make sure} they are {secured|secured or stored away}}. This includes {tools, toys, patio furniture, portable grills, and trash cans|toys, portable grills, tools, trash cans, and patio furniture|patio furniture, trash cans, tools, toys, and portable grills}.
  •          {{Repair|Repair or replace|Replace|Replace or Repair} {all|any} {broken|loose} fence boards and {ensure that|make sure} gates are {closed|securely closed}|{Ensure that|Make sure} gates are {closed securely|securely closed} and {replace|repair} {any|all} {broken|loose} fence boards}.
  •          {Check {your trees|trees} for {unhealthy branches|branches that are unhealthy} or overhanging the house and have {them|those branches} removed|Remove all {weak|unhealthy} branches or ones that are overhanging {your|the} {roof|house}|Remove {any|all} branches that are overhanging your {roof|house} or that appear to be {weak|unhealthy}}.
  •          {{Secure or repair|Repair} {all|any} {loose|loose roof} {shingles, siding, and shutters|shutters, shingles, and siding|siding, shutters, and shingles}{ that could tear off in high winds|}|Note {all|any} loose {shingles, siding, and shutters|shutters, shingles, and siding|siding, shutters, and shingles} and have them {fixed|repaired} quickly|{Repair|Quickly repair} all {loose roof|loose} {shingles, siding, and shutters|shutters, shingles, and siding|siding, shutters, and shingles}}.
  •          {{Inspect|Take a look at} {your|the} garage door and {ensure it’s|make sure it’s} sound and in good {condition|repair}|{Ensure that|Make sure} your garage door is {in|secure and in} good condition|{Inspect the condition|Look over the status} of your garage door}.{ This is also a good {opportunity|time} to {find|learn about|familiarize yourself with} the manual {garage door override|override for the garage door opener} in case {you are left without power|of a power outage}.|}