CLEARING gutters and trimming branches around the home should be part of regular safety maintenance, Border residents were told at the weekend.
With yesterday marking the start of the official storm season, the NSW State Emergency Service is urging residents to be prepared.
Albury crews visited four properties at the weekend to clear gutters, trim overhanging branches and provide handy tips on how residents could protect their homes.
Lavington resident Pat Muellner was happy to have some extra hands at the weekend.
“There’s no danger of large trees falling near my property but clogged gutters can do untold damage to the roof,” she said.
“They have done a great job and I am very thankful because I can’t get up there and do it myself.”
SES Murray region’s Ian Leckie said cleaning gutters was never fun but it had to be done to protect homes.
Mr Leckie said basic maintenance like trimming overhanging branches, clearing gutters and drains and tying or securing lightweight objects such as trampolines and garden furniture could go a long way in preventing storm damage.
The peak storm season is traditionally from now until March, with emergency services inundated with phone calls for help during that period.
The NSW SES attended 15,912 reports of storm damage throughout the state last season, with many of those jobs often preventable.
Mr Leckie said the Border was prone to damaging storms, so it was important not to be caught out.
It was important to focus on things that could be done to give residents some peace of mind over the storm season.
Residents are also encouraged to put together an emergency kit including a battery-operated radio, torch and spare batteries in case of a storm.
In the event of a storm, monitor local radio or the Bureau of Meteorology website for storm or weather information.