Keep your home winter-safe

It’s that time of year when you need to take some extra precautions to protect your home from the snow, winds and rain.

We’ve put together a few simple checks for you to prevent accidents in and around your home.

  1. Keep your central heating set at at least 10 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing
  2. Ensure your boiler is serviced regularly (at least once a year) by a registered GasSafe-registered professional and have your gas fires checked to ensure they are working safely and efficiently.
  3. Check that your loft is insulated properly with adequate ventilation.
  4. Don’t forget to check candles, log fires and other burners are extinguished before you leave your house.
  5. Thicker curtains will keep more heat in your home.
  6. Set lights on timer and if you’re going away you may wish to set your a radio or tv on a timer too to deter unwanted intruders.
  7. Check the condition of the roof. Look for cracked or broken tiles, cracks in the chimney or problems with the pointing. If there are any repairs that need to be undertaken hire a professional roofing contractor or builder to carry out the work as soon as possible.
  8. Clear the gutters and drain pipes of any leaves or debris that may have built up to reduce the risk of blocks and overflows.
  9. Keep gates and outbuilding doors locked shut and fastened securely. Secure any loose items.
  10. Check external light fittings are secure.
  11. Cut back low hanging branches that could cause damage in high winds or storms.

Taking a few extra precautions during the winter months to avoid problems or accidents will save you time and money and additional challenges during the winter months.