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Higos Issues Storm AdviceSaturday 26th October 2013

With storms scheduled to hit parts of the UK over the next few days, we have put together some practical advice on keeping yourself and your property safe.

Preparing for a storm...

Secure loose objects in your garden -  such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing
Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the building and especially large doors such as those on garages

Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences

Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°

If your building is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened

If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them

Anyone who owns, rents or occupies land has a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure that the trees on their land are in a safe condition and do not place people or property at risk.

Businesses should ensure that trees under their care do not cause foreseeable damage to their employees or the public


During a storm...

Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees. 

Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences — if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side 

Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress 

If possible, enter and leave your building through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you

Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you.

Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary. 

Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible. 

Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or if you’re driving a high sided vehicle. 

Do not park cars near any seafront area as damage by waves and shingle blown from a beach can cause significant damage. 

Do not stand too near any seafront areas. The large waves are a danger.


After the storm...

Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging 

Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees which could have been weakened 

Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.


If any damage has been caused to your property or its contents Higos Insurance Services is here to help.  Please call us on 01749 834 500 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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