• Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences – if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
• Remember that felt flat roofs only have a limited life expectancy and they need to be regularly checked.
• It is unlikely that contractors will be able to carry out any repairs until the weather conditions improve and they will only be able to work in daylight.
• If there is considerable damage in any particular region there may be a shortage of building contractors so it may take a little while before an emergency contractor can be provided.
• Carry out any temporary repairs to prevent further damage but don’t put yourself at risk. Make sure you keep any receipts or invoices for work carried out and if it is safe to do so, take pictures before any work is undertaken. However, don’t use your own tradesman for full repairs unless you have been advised by insurers to do so.
• Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30 degrees.
• Enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
• Ensure that any slipped/cracked slates and tiles are fixed or replaced as soon as possible.
• Look out for cracked or loose cement around ridge tiles or chimneys and get them repaired. Replace any brickwork and fill cracks in rendering.
• Don’t go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
• Don’t walk too close to walls, buildings, and trees as they could have been weakened.
• The Met Office: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast.
• If you smell gas, call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999 and visit https://www.nationalgridgas.com/safety-and-emergencies/emergencies-and-safety-advice
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