Top tips for a cosy home this winter

In this short video we look at how to prepare yourself and your home for winter, ensuring you're cosy and warm throughout.

Around your house

  • Get your boiler, central heating and gas fires checked and serviced every year.
  • Ensure your loft and pipes are properly insulated and ventilated.
  • Use draft excluders and weather stripping on doors and windows.
  • Do you have an open fire? If you do, then have your chimney swept.
  • Wrap up, keep everyone cosy and warm.

In your garden

  • Check external lights, doors and gates are secure.
  • Check your roof for broken or loose tiles, cracks in the chimney or pointing.
  • Keep gutters and drainpipes clear of leaves and debris.
  • Insulate outside taps so they don’t freeze or burst.
  • If you know bad weather is on the way, make sure the things in the open are stored away. Your insurer may not cover these if they get damaged.
  • Help the local wildlife with bird feeders and bird baths.

Be prepared for winter weather

  • Locate your mains water tap, you might need to switch it off.
  • Keep your home insurance documents handy.
  • Write down the contact details of a local plumber, heating engineer and electrician.
  • Have an emergency kit ready, including torches, candles, food, warm clothing and a shovel.

If you’re going to be away from home

  • Leave your central heating on low.
  • Ask someone you trust to check on your house occasionally.
  • If you’re going to be away from home for longer than the agreed time, you must tell your insurer.

Help and guidance

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