With temperatures set to plunge this week, Met Eireann are issuing orange, yellow and possibly red weather warnings for parts of the country. It is essential you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself, your home, property and business for the cold winter weather:
Check In On The Elderly And Vulnerable
At times such as these it is the vulnerable members of the community who are most at risk. Many could be housebound for several days so it’s essential they have sufficient fuel and food to get them through.
Check Your Heating
Check your heating system to make sure everything is in order. It is recommended to get your boiler serviced and also to bleed your radiators. Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking. Leave heating on for longer periods at lower settings
Take Extra Precautions On The Road
Obviously, this goes without saying. Reduce your speed and allow more space to the vehicle in front. Keep a blanket in your car in event of breakdown and a car phone charger is always a good idea. Ensure your fuel, water and oil levels are adequate
Be Prepared – Avoid Frozen Pipes & Know How To Turn Off Your Water Supply
Ensure all exposed pipes are adequately insulated. This includes pipes in the attic even where the attic floor has been well insulated. If you are leaving your property unattended for a period of more than a day or two, you should shut off the water supply to the property from the external stopcock (while ensuring that any water-dependent appliances or facilities are also shut-off)
Businesses – Try To Make The Premises As Safe As Possible For Customers And Employees
Consider how customer safety can be assured within the public areas of the business. Assess how surrounding pavements and access points can be cleared in the event of snow and ice and make preparations for suitable equipment being available.
Warmth offers the best protection against frozen pipes so keep your property warm. For more advice on how to best prepare for Winter check out the following link www.winterready.ie and keep an eye on our website www.doylemahon.ie and Facebook page.
If you have any queries or require assistance during this time please do not hesitate to call one of the Doyle Mahon Insurances team on 053 91 23630.