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Monday 1 September 2014

Make sure you're ready for the worst of the weather

Published 23/10/2012 | 14:49

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IT'S coming to that time of year when we can expect the weather to take a turn for the worse at any stage. Don't be caught out. A little bit of planning and preparation now could save you a lot of misery if we do encounter a long cold snap or a prolonged deluge. Here are some useful tips to help you to be prepared.

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In the home

Have a small supply of non perishable, easy-toprepare foods

Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to the pharmacy

Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail

Have a shovel and bag of salt to keep paths clear and safe

Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts

Have candles and matches. Candles should always be placed away from draughts in proper candle holders. Never leave a burning candle unattended

Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water

Have emergency contact numbers to hand

Leave a key and contact details with neighbours or family if you are going away

Check that loft insulation is thick and in good condition

Fit your water tank with an insulation jacket or alternatively, wrap the top and sides with suitable insulation material

Repair any leaks at taps or valves

Know how to turn off the water supply (usually under the kitchen sink)

Fit draught excluders to your doors and windows

Make sure heating equipment is well-maintained, vented correctly and working properly

Ensure chimneys are cleaned at least once a year

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