Help minimise the risk presented by heavy rain and flooding
Heavy rain and flash floods can cause a lot of damage to properties and distress to families. The following information on how to prepare for heavy rain and what to do in the event of flooding can help you minimise the risks associated with these common weather events.
Preparing and safeguarding your home
- Check that your drain pipes and gutters are securely fixed and kept clear to allow rain water to flow away.
- If you have an attic space, check the area for leaks and repair before any forecast heavy rain. If you cannot reach or repair leaks, have containers ready to catch water from leaks.
- Ensure that your windows and doors are closed and are watertight.
- Store valuable items upstairs or in the attic if possible, to avoid contact with and damage from rain water.
- Be prepared for heavy flooding with your own temporary flood defences such as sandbags.
- Know where to access and turn off electricity and utilities in the event of water entering your home.
- Avoid ingesting floodwater as it can become contaminated with sewage.
- Have waterproof gear ready to wear.
- After flooding, check if the water supply is safe to drink before using it.
- Stay away from electrical cables that have become wet or are submerged in water.
Tips and advice for you and your car
- As with snow and ice, it’s advised not to take to the roads when there’s a potential for flooding. Check the forecast and avoid taking to the roads if possible.
- If your vehicle has a cruise control setting, make sure it’s switched off.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged or take a charger on your journey.
- Do not park in an area probe to flooding.
- Drive carefully, leave plenty of room between you and the car in front as visibility can be greatly reduced by surface spray.
- Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning. If your car aquaplanes, do not brake harshly, take your foot off the accelerator and wait for the car to slow down and regain traction.
- Avoid roads that you know are prone to flooding.
- If you have to drive through water, once you emerge, drive with your foot gently applied to the brake, to help dry the brake pads.
- If your car is taking on water, get out of the car immediately. Take any valuables if possible. If you fear that water has gone into the engine, do not attempt the start the car. Contact us for advice.
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