An incoming ‘Arctic Blast’ is set to hit the UK this week, which could leave us with five days of snow and temperatures as low as -11°C.
This weather brings with it a number of possible risks to both you and your home. Here are some ways you can be prepared, and prevent possible accidents or incidents during the arctic blast:
- Turn off outside water sources to prevent frozen or burst pipes.
- Clear your gutters of leaves or other debris, so that any melting snow won’t collect and can flow away easily.
- Check your insulation. If it is inadequate, warmth from the house could rise into the attic and cause a damn of ice on the roof as snow freezes in your gutters.
- Keep windows closed – where possible.
- Put up sandbags to prevent flooding from melting snow, especially if you are near to banks.
- Grit walkways outdoors to avoid slipping on ice.
- With strong winds also forecast for the coming weeks, it is well worth trimming any trees on your property, and removing dead branches that could fall or cause damage to someone or something.
Home heating systems:
As you might expect, domestic fire related incidents in the UK peak in the winter months during cold weather, due to the use of devices like portable heaters or wood/coal-burning stoves at home.
If you plan to keep warm during the cold weather through the use of a fireplace or portable heater, here are some things to do to prevent accidents:
- Make sure that you ensure that the damper or flue is open prior to lighting the fire
- Do not use an accelerant (for example gasoline or lighter fluid) to start a fire
- Buy properly aged wood. Green wood will only create more smoke and clog the chimney with soot.
- Clean ash from previous fires before lighting a new one, and use a metal bucket to carry ashes. Do not clear ash from the fireplace when it is still hot.
- Install smoke alarms and heat detectors in your home.
- Have a fire extinguisher in the home.
NOTE: Bear in mind that there are four different types of fire extinguishers: gas, water, powder and foam. Foam fire extinguishers are not suitable for fires caused by electrical appliances. And because electrical appliances cause a high number of domestic fire incidents, the wiser thing to do is install either powder, water or gas extinguishers in your home. Powder, water and foam extinguishers will need to be replaced every five years, and gas every ten.
Should the worst happen, and the weather creates a serious accident or incident in your home, we will be there to help with the aftermath and restoration.
For further information on our services visit our website: www.servicemasterrestore.co.uk or call 0845 762 6828 for emergency help in fire, floor and trauma damage.