Is your home ready for winter?
Practical advice for householders includes:
- Know where your stop-cock is located in the event that you have to turn off your water supply
- Ensure insurance policies are up-to-date
- Check that pipes are insulated
- Have your own supply of salt for your own footpaths, driveways and area outside your home
- Frozen Pipes can be a major issue during the winter. The best piece of advice is to ensure that your heating is on, at all times throughout the winter. Even if it's kept on a low heat throughout the day, it's important in terms of ensuring that pipes don't have the opportunity to freeze.
- Individual council tenants are 100% responsible for the contents within their properties so it's very important that they have insurance in place. The council can help signposts council tenants on how to obtain contents insurance. Council tenants can get information on house insurance on the council's website:Insurance and Insurance Claims
- Householders should be aware of to deal with icicles, which can be dangerous. The advice on offer is not to knock large icicles off gutters. Putting pressure on them could cause gutters to fall, cause injury or damage to property. The advice is to leave them alone and, if necessary, block an area off underneath large icicles; if it's felt they could fall and hurt someone.