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Preparing your home before a storm

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Preparing your home before a storm

When the weather takes a turn for the worst, storms can cause havoc. From loose roof tiles to smashed windows or broken TV aerials, there are lots of ways a storm can cause damage. But with a little preparation you could help to reduce the potential for damage – and save yourself some money and some stress in the process.

Before a storm

  • Take care of the trees. Contact your Local Authority to see if any trees are protected first, but remove any loose or overhanging branches from trees that could cause damage. And if you know a storm’s coming, it’s worth putting your car in a garage or somewhere relatively safe, away from tall trees completely.
  • Get the garden ready. Secure or lock away loose...

Preparing your home for cold weather  

Preparing your home for cold weather

Beware of a sudden cold snap. When water freezes in a pipe it expands and it doesn’t take long to build up enough pressure to rupture it. Burst pipes cause misery to homeowners - not only is there the ch-ch-chill factor, there’s also the nightmare clean up operation and costly repairs.


  • Make sure you know where your stopcock is.
  • A leaking pipe can spill 2.200 gallons per day if left unchecked. Be safe!
Here is everything you need to know about preparing your pipes for plunging temperatures and what to do in the event you're, alas, too late.

Preparing for a sudden freeze

Before the barometer dips below zero be sure to do a reccy:
  • Make sure pipes are lagged. All visible pipes, particularly exposed pipes in crawl spaces in the attic,...

Security & Fire Safety tips for Christmas

This information originally appeared on Festive fire safety advice Zurich has come up with a handy list of tips and safeguards that every household should do this Christmas:
  • Don’t overload: Do not overload any electrical points, sockets or adapters. Do not consider doubling up on extension cords. It may be tempting to do so to gain more reach, but cords were not designed for this use. Stick to one and invest in longer cords if necessary.
  • Candles: It may sound obvious, but candles are often used as festive tree decorations which is a big risk. Equally, candles should not be positioned anywhere they are likely to catch fire, such as near curtains or hanging decorations.
  • Chimney: Your chimney should be cleaned once a year to help to...
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