Gales and High Winds
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The average cost of domestic dwellings in the UK is higher than most people think and can run into several hundred pounds each year. Preparing for a high winds emergency can save you (and your insurer) money by taking a few simple steps before a high wind being forecast.
Before High Winds
- Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture and anything else that could damage windows.
- Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward sides of the house.
- Secure especially large doors e.g. garages.
- Park vehicles in a garage if available. Otherwise keep vehicles clear of trees and buildings.
- Make sure your loft trap door is secure.
- Ensure tall structures such as chimneys, TV aerials and tall trees are structurally sound.
During High Winds
- 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 during the storm.
- If possible, enter and leave your house through doors on the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
- Open internal doors only as needed.
After High Winds
Consider the following:
- Be careful not to touch any electrical or telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.
- Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened.
- Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.