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Advice in the Home

Be Prepared

  • Have a small supply of non perishable, easy-to-prepare foods
  • Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to the pharmacy
  • Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail
  • Have a shovel and bag of salt to keep paths clear and safe
  • Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts
  • Have candles and matches. Candles should always be placed away from draughts in proper candleholders. Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water
  • Have emergency contact numbers to hand
  • Leave a key and contact details with neighbours or family if you are going away
  • Check that loft insulation is thick and in good condition
  • Fit your water tank with an insulation jacket or alternatively, wrap the top and sides with suitable insulation material
  • Repair any leaks at taps or valves
  • Know how to turn off the water supply (usually under the kitchen sink)
  • Fit draught excluders to your doors and windows
  • Make sure heating equipment is well-maintained, vented correctly and working properly
  • Ensure chimneys are cleaned at least once a year

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