You may have seen the severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office today. These relate to the windy weather expected over the weekend and early next week, particularly across the South, where there could be gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. With that in mind our team has put together a reminder of some sensible actions to take to keep property, but more importantly people, safe – and which you may wish to share with your clients.
Put outdoor items away or secure them. The main danger in a storm tends to be flying debris, so it is very important to put everything – from kids’ toys to barbeques – away.
Check fences and clear gutters, drains and ditches. This will help to minimise the risk of flying debris and allow water to drain away effectively, avoiding flooding and water damage. It is also worth checking your house from the outside to ensure there is nothing which could become loose in a storm.
Only travel if essential. Avoid going outside, particularly at the height of any storm activity. If you have to travel, be aware of the potential for flooded roads and fallen branches or trees.
Consider pets and other animals. Animals still out in fields or paddocks should be brought in now.
Inform your neighbours and arrange for someone to oversee your property if you are going away for half term
Be prepared for loss of power. Make sensible preparations such as charging mobile phones now and having a torch at the ready. It is always safer to avoid using candles in the event of a power cut.
To view the Met Office weather warning click here.