Staying safe and wellIs your home ready for winter? Here are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent problems later.
Check that pipes are adequately lagged.
Check that you have ordered your winter heating fuel.
Get your chimney or flue swept.
Get a supply of grit to use on paths and steps around your property.
Stock up on tinned food and supplies for your freezer.
Check that you know where your stop tap is located − in case a pipe bursts.
Test your central heating − get your boiler serviced and make sure radiators are hot from top to bottom.
If you have a condensing boiler, check the pipe is insulated − many homes had problems last year when the external pipe froze.
Find out if you are entitled to a grant for insulation. If you are on certain income-related benefits you may be entitled to up to £3,500 to insulate your home from the Warm Front scheme: 0800 316 2805.
Be especially aware of fire safety − particularly if you are planning to use portable heaters, open fires or stoves. Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms and test them every week.
If you're looking for a for a local trader to help prepare your home for winter, or make repairs, you can find reputable businesses on our Trusted Trader list (opens in a new window) or through Call Derbyshire on 08 456 058 058 or 01629 5336190.