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Winter is here! Please see some useful Home and Private motor tips

Posted on 28th February 2018

HOME SAFETY TIPS

  • Take a walk around your home. Disconnect your garden hose. Close your garage & shed doors. Insulate any external exposed pipes. Eliminate electrical problems by covering any exterior electrical fittings that are exposed to the elements to prevent water getting in.
  • Clear all drains of leaves and debris so that there isn’t a back-up causing blockages and preventing the run-off of rainwater on your property.
  • Keep your heating on at regular intervals or use a timer to ensure your heating keeps pumping through the cold temperatures. Keep doors to all rooms closed to keep the heat in.
  • If water inside your pipes freezes, it will expand too which can cause your pipes to crack and burst. Pipes also can burst when pressure builds up behind a chunk of ice, which is why it’s a good idea to leave taps dripping in very cold weather.
  • Stay off your roof during freezing weather. If you notice any loose tiles contact our Emergency Home Assistance service on 1800 209 300.
  • Check in your attic and look for any signs of leaks from the exterior. Look for wet insulation, dark stains or water dripping from the underside of the roof.
    Instead of waiting for the snow to fall completely, shovel it away from your house over a wide area at regular intervals so you are dealing with it in more manageable loads. Putting it off can make snow harder and more difficult to deal with.
  • If your home is left unoccupied, we recommend you turn the water off at the mains and drain the water from all water sources. If possible, set the heating on a timer and have a neighbour check in regularly.

MOTOR SAFETY TIPS

  • Check your tyre pressure and thread depth (minimum 1.6mm).
  • Expect the unexpected – black ice and compacted snow can be very dangerous.
  • Before you start use a de-icer spray or luke warm water to clear all your vehicle windows before you take off, not just the windscreen! Using boiling water against the cold glass can cause cracking so please avoid it.
  • Use dipped headlights in times of poor visibility and clean them regularly.
  • Keep plenty of breaking distance between you and the car in front.
  • Stock an emergency kit. Recommended items include: a hi-viz jacket, shovel, a flashlight and batteries, hand-warmers and blankets.
  • Have a fully charged mobile phone to hand so you can call for assistance in the event of an emergency.

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