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THE BEAST FROM THE EAST 2 IS HERE - BE PREPARED FOR STORM DARCY!

Following on from our Storm Christoph update - the Beast From the East 2 is now here in Storm Darcy!  

For that reason, we have republished the guidance previously given form Outside and Inside the home but it may also be worth considering puting together a home emergency kit that you keep to hand:

  • Portable (and charged) mobile phone charger back ups
  • Money
  • A torch (that works plus spare batteries)
  • Bottled water and canned food
  • Blankets, gloves and waterproof clothing
  • A list of emergency numbers
  • Your home insurance details - insurer, policy number, claim number
  • A first aid kit including any required medication
  • Spare face masks

You may even want to put together a second version and keep one in your car if circumstances deem you have had to go out.

A reminder of what to check and look out for in bad weather:

Outside the home

Gutters

If you have a head for heights and someone to hold your ladder, clearing your gutters ensures that rainfall is efficiently disbursed. Blocked drains , caused by falling leaves and other debris, can cause damp and mould to grow on outside walls as well as making it more likely that gutters can degrade and break.

Trees

Identify those branches that, in a high wind or under significant snowfall, could break and cause structural damage to your home, sheds or outbuildings. Where you can safely manage, remove those branches.

Garden Furniture

Secure or put away outside furniture and any structures that can become dangerous in bad weather, especially strong winds.

Keep safe

Lastly don’t ignore security. With the longest hours of darkness at this time of year, the purchase of simple timers to turn on lights when you are out of the house can be one of the most effective deterrents against opportunistic burglary. With technology improving and becoming cheaper all the time, consider installing ‘stick on’ motion sensor lights outside your doors. Not only will they help you get into your property but will also act as a further disincentive to would be burglars.

 

Outside the home

Install a carbon monoxide alarm

Household appliances such as fires, boilers and heaters can cause carbon monoxide leaks. With doors and windows closed at this time of year, it is vital that you have a tried and tested means of warning.

Insulate your hot water tank

Cutting heating loss is vital. You can buy suitable cladding or a jacket for your hot water cylinder which over the course of the next two years will cancel out the cost of the insulation as well as stopping heat from hot water escaping.

Check your radiators and bleed them

Time to find or buy a radiator key to check that they are running as efficiently as possible. Bleeding the radiator releases the trapped air and is one of the simplest tasks you can do yourself. Bleeding radiators regularly will help keep your home warm as air does get in and efficiency plummets.

Boiler servicing

A must to prepare for the winter period particularly but the regular maintenance schedule of your boiler might have been disrupted because of the lockdowns. However, plumbers are allowed to work in homes during lockdown, provided social distancing rules are observed. Book a plumber even if there is a delay before you get an appointment at this time.

Curtains for insulation

Curtains are not just for decoration or privacy at night. They play an important role in keeping the heat in and the cold out. Consider ordering thicker curtains which can be changed out depending on the season. Even if you only do the room in which you spend the most time, such as the living room, closing curtains early and putting up thicker versions can make a significant difference.

Should any of your customers need to make a claim, they can get assistance and guidance as well as hints and tips, FAQs and general information on our policyholder website.