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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.