Is your home prepared for winter?

Get ready for winter
Get ready for winter

Winter is well on the way and East Dunbartonshire Council is urging all its residents to get their homes ready for the months to come and any bad weather they may bring.

The council is joining forces with the Scottish Government in a national campaign to keep residents as safe as possible throughout the winter months.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, convener of the council’s policy and resources committee, said: “Now is the time to take a few simple steps to protect your home so you and your family are ready for any eventuality.

“Our officers have compiled some easy to follow tips on getting your home prepared for freezing temperatures, heavy snow or even flooding.”

Top ten tips:

nPrepare a home emergency kit, including; torch, radio and spare batteries; essential medication; three days’ supply of non-perishable food and bottled water; baby food; pet supplies; paper, pencil, penknife and whistle; list of emergency numbers.

nFollow Scottish Water’s advice on protecting your pipes. If you own your home have the number of a local plumber to hand just in case

nKnow where your stop valve is and how to turn off your water

nIf cold weather is forecast and during a cold snap, keeping your heating on at a low setting can help prevent pipes from freezing

nKnow how to turn off your electricity supply at the mains

In the case of power cuts, make a note of the Scottish Power Energy Networks number – 0800 092 92 90 (from a landline) or 0330 1010 222 (from a mobile)

nLook after your pets – don’t leave them out in the cold for too long

nEnsure you have access to a shovel and salt or grit for clearing paths

nDo not use hot water to clear ice or snow, either on your path or windscreen. It can turn quickly to ice and crack a windscreen or increase your chances of slipping. If you don’t have grit or salt, sand or ash can also be used.

nIf shovelling snow, think where you are going to put it, so it does not block pavements or other people’s paths. nLook out for elderly neighbours and help them too if you can.

Councillor Geekie added: “It’s only been four years since Scotland experienced some of the worst weather in living history.

“We obviously hope there is no repeat of that this year, but it’s better to be prepared just in case.These tips have been prepared by people with vast experience in this area, so I hope people use them and find them helpful.”