Be Prepared for Winter
Posted on 20th Dec 2019 at 15:02 ( Last updated on 20th Dec 2019 at 15:18 )
Winters in Scotland can be long, cold and unpredictable. It is important to remember that even an average winter is likely to include periods of severe weather. A few simple steps can protect you and your home, from the most likely effects of a cold snap and could save you money.
• If you leave your flat unoccupied during periods of particularly cold weather, let your neighbours and the Association know how to contact the person who has access to your flat, in the event of an emergency.
• If possible, leave your heating on, in the frost protection setting ‘*’, to maintain a minimum temperature that will protect your property against frost. Alternatively, leave a key with someone who can put your heating on, in the event of particularly cold weather.
• Find out how to turn off your water at source, by identifying where the stopcock is. This will cut off the main water supply to your property, in the event of a burst pipe.
• Check the terms of your household insurance policies and find out what cover you have for risks such as flood or storm damage.
• Consider taking out insurance, if you don’t have any.
• Make sure your cupboard is well stocked with food and you have essential medication, in case you find it difficult to get out of the house.
• Keep an eye on your neighbours, particularly the elderly or vulnerable, who may be struggling in the colder weather. If you have any concerns about their safety, please contact our office, or Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work Department on 0300 300 1199.
For more information please see our 'Keep Warm Stay Warm' Newsletter - Keep Warm Stay Warm - 2019