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We’ve put together some tips on what to do should you have an accident or water incident of your own – as well as lots more to help keep your home in tip-top condition.

Storm Damage

While ‘Mother Nature’ can’t be stopped, her moods can be predicted, which means you can be prepared and ready to minimise any potential damage to you, your family and your home. Be sure to check the condition of roof tiles for cracks or breaks, any chimneys for the same issues and the condition of your pointing (the finish between the stones or bricks used to build your home).

High winds could result in unsecured or damaged parts of your home flying loose, causing damage to your own or someone else’s property. Cutting back low-hanging tree branches can also prevent damage to property during high winds. Be sure to secure everything that can be blown around outdoors, like dustbins and garden furniture.

Electrical cables and phone lines can act as lightening conductors and so, if a thunderstorm arises, make sure all electrical devices are unplugged.

In winter, it’s always wise to have an emergency kit, including torches, spare bulbs, home insurance documents, emergency contact details, tinned food, warm clothing, blankets and a shovel, ready.

Listen to the radio or check online for regular updates on weather conditions. The Environment Agency's website www.environment-agency.gov.uk is a reliable source of information on flood risk in the UK.

 

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