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Staying safe and well

Is 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 that the external pipe is insulated.

  • 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 or through Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.