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Water safety

Staying safe with water

To help avoid accidents and prevent damage caused by flooding, here are some handy tips:

  • Make sure washing machines or dishwashers are plumbed in properly
  • Make sure your bath doesn’t overflow – this is a common cause of flooding which can damage your home and your neighbours homes and belongings
  • Be careful with hot water – check the heat of the water before getting into a bath or shower
  • Take extra care when stepping out of a bath or shower onto a wet floor

If you are going away during the winter months, avoid burst pipes or water leaks by remembering to:

  • Turn off the main stopcock
  • Turn off any immersion heater
  • Turn down your central heating controls and leave your heating on low for a few hours a day to avoid pipes freezing
  • Ask a friend or family member to check on your home regularly