Top ten tips to prepare your home for winter
Wintry weather can cause big problems if we're not prepared. Here are some top tips to make sure you're ready:
1 Check your heating is working properly before the weather gets too cold. If there are any problems, call Swale Heating on 0800 011 3139.
2 Keep your heating at a constant temperature of 18° to 21° during cold spells to help prevent condensation.
3 Leave your heating and hot water on low if you go away to avoid frozen pipes if the weather turns very cold.
4 Keep a broom, shovel and wellies handy to clear snow from your driveway or path so they do not become icy.
5 Sprinkle table salt on icy paths – one tablespoon per square metre is all you need.
6 Look around the outside of your home for leaking gutters, dripping overflows, missing roof tiles and loose or damaged brickwork. Report any problems straight away.
7 Keep out cold winds by fitting draught excluders to doors and your letterbox.
8 Test your smoke alarm to make sure it is in full working order. Kent Fire and Rescue Service offers advice about Smoke Alarms.
9 When the weather is bad, check on any elderly relatives or neighbours who live alone.
10 Keep an emergency pack containing items such as a torch with spare batteries, cartons of drink and long-life food in case there is a power cut or if snow stops you from leaving your home.