Keeping safe and warm during snowy weather
We are expecting unusual cold and snowy weather in South Wales this week and are advising our customers to take some extra steps to keep safe and warm. It is easy to forget that our homes are vulnerable to the weather too so the team here at Trivallis have prepared 7 top tips to get you prepared and keep you safe.
Keep your heating ticking over while you are out
We are all energy savers when it comes to the heating but keeping the heating on a low level will help warm the house and ensure that with warm water in the pipes that they won’t freeze.
Check you are in credit with your pre-paid meter
Many of us are on pre-paid meters and getting out to the shops to top these up can be difficult in cold and icy weather. Make sure that you have enough credit there to cover you for the next few days so you don’t go without.
Make sure you have the essentials
Make sure you have the food you need, even if it’s just the usual bread and milk. It is worth picking up any prescriptions too, just in case it’s too cold to venture out.
Use salt or sand to clear icy paths
Using warm water to melt snow might refreeze and turn to black ice. Instead, use salt or sand (ordinary table salt or dishwasher salt works fine too). You should use around a tablespoon for each square metre.
Go on the hunt for your stop valve
The stop valve (or stopcock) controls the water coming into your home. You might need to use this should any pipes freeze or burst. They are usually found under the sink or under the stairs but if you don't know where it is, get in touch with us at Trivallis and we will point you in the right direction.
Keep pets indoors
Remember that our furry friends feel the cold too, so keep them indoors and warm
Keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours
If you are able, keep an eye on any vulnerable neighbours. Popping in for a chat or doing a little shop for the essentials can be a big help and stop people from feeling isolated should the weather prevent them from leaving home.
If you have an urgent request as a result of the weather such as a boiler breakdown or burst pipes then you can call us on 0300 003 0888.Read 7 top tips to keep you safe and warm…