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Get prepared for winter
It’s time to think about keeping you and your home safe this winter.
Top tips for keeping you and your home safe:
- If you haven’t used your heating for a while, turn it on for 20-30 minutes to make sure it’s working properly, and all radiators are heating up as expected.
- The nights are getting darker. If you have any external lights, check to make sure they’re working.
- Report any blocked or broken gutters.
- Make sure all your ventilation is working, such as kitchen and bathroom fans.
- Know where your stop cock is and how to turn your water off if required.
- Secure any garden items that may cause issues in high winds e.g. furniture or children’s toys.
Winter is our busiest time of year for repairs. To avoid delays later on, now’s the time to make sure that any repairs are requested straight away and to get your home winter ready.
You can report non-urgent repairs quickly and easily online through My Thirteen or call us on 0300 111 1000.
Preventing damp, mould and condensation
Condensation and mould are unpleasant and unhealthy, but there are lots of things you can do to help prevent them creeping into your home.
You can report damp or mould by completing this form.
You can also:
· use your My Thirteen account
· call 0300 111 1000
Help with your heating costs
Many of us worry about rising fuel costs, so it’s important to make sure you’re not missing out on any benefits or discounts you’re entitled to that will help you keep your home warm.
You may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating your home. Grants available include the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment.
You could also receive a discount off your electricity bill for winter under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
Be prepared for a power cut
Often during severe weather, we can experience a power cut or damage outside, so it’s always best to be as prepared as possible.
- You can keep a check on updates about power cuts in your area.
- Have at least one torch nearby and some spare batteries. We always recommend using a torch rather than candles to reduce any risk of an accidental fire.
- Sign up for free flood alerts.
- Keep your phone charged and store emergency contact numbers.
Nothing is more important than staying and feeling safe in your home. Now that the cold weather drawing in, more of us will be spending more time at home which means that there’s a greater risk of accidents occurring around the home.
It’s good to know there are lots of ways that you can help you and your family to stay safe.
- Electrical fakes - Don’t take the risk. Fake electrical products often contain faulty parts that can overheat and catch fire or give a fatal electric shock. If a bargain seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always check the label, make sure electrical appliances have a British safety mark when you buy them.
- Candle safety - A few candles scattered around the room can add a lovely warm glow to your home, but if they are left unattended an open flame could leave a trail of devastation. To prevent candle fires from starting in your home, you should make sure they are kept away from flammable materials like curtains. Always place lit candles away from pets and children and remember to put them out when you leave the room.
- Socket overload - When you’re getting out the fairy lights and decorations, don’t overload plug sockets. An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps it can take so, to help reduce the risk of fire, be careful not to overload them.