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Storm Dennis: Safety Precautions for Our Clients

13-02-2020

 

A week after Storm Ciara saw parts of the country hit by 93mph (150km/h) winds, causing various damage and life-threatening danger, two new weather warnings are now in place for this weekend.

 

An amber weather warning for rain covering parts of south and mid Wales is in place for 24 hours from 15:00 GMT on Saturday.

 

The Met Office forecasts fast or deep floodwater "causing danger to life". The forecaster said homes and businesses are likely to be flooded and some communities could be cut off by flooded roads.

 

Please be reminded that storm damage can be severe and leave a trail of destruction from flooding, strong winds and lightning.

 

In order to stay safe and to protect your property from storm damage, please take these precautions:

  • Ensure your drains and gutters are clear of debris to prevent blockages.
  • If safe to do so, check that your pipes and water tanks are insulated to prevent freezing and that the release point of the overflow pipes is not obstructed. Ideally, you'll have a regular maintenance programme in place.
  • Cut back trees and branches to minimise the risk of falling branches.
  • Secure loose fences.
  • Check that roof tiles and aerials are secure if you can do this safely. It may be worth seeking professional advice.
  • Make sure garden furniture and ladders are secured in case of high winds, or locked away in the shed or even inside your house.
  • When you know a bad storm is on its way with Met office warnings about gale-force winds and floods, make sure children, pets and your family and neighbours are safe.
  • Make sure you are indoors when it hits and do not try to repair any storm damage during the bad weather.
  • We recommend maintaining a minimum temperature of 12 degrees in the home during severe weather to protect pipes in particular from freezing.

 

Always be cautious when carrying out any repairs that you are not comfortable with, as you could injure yourself or those around you.