Protect your home

Here are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent problems later.

  • check that pipes are adequately lagged
  • check that you have ordered your winter heating fuel
  • get your chimney or flue swept
  • get a supply of grit to use on paths and steps around your property
  • stock up on tinned food and supplies for your freezer
  • check that you know where your stop tap is located − in case a pipe bursts
  • test your central heating − get your boiler serviced and make sure radiators are hot from top to bottom
  • if you have a condensing boiler, check the pipe is insulated − many homes had problems last year when the external pipe froze
  • find out if you are entitled to a grant for insulation or need some advice on keeping your home warm during winter, visit our Energy Efficiency pages more information
  • be especially aware of fire safety, particularly if you're planning to use portable heaters, open fires or stoves - install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms and test them every week