winter warmers: handy household tips

Other handy household tips

  • Check the batteries on smoke alarms regular
  • Know where your stoptap is and test it frequently
  • Keep a torch handy
  • Keep a spare phone that doesn’t need to be plugged in to an electrical socket – newer phones may not work if your electricity is off
  • Use a battery-powered radio to listen to local stations, such as BBC Newcastle, for news about the weather and emergencies
  • Do you have a microwave? They’re great for warming meals if your boiler isn’t working
  • Keep the heat in your home this winter by hanging heavy lined curtains, closing them as soon as it starts to get dark
  • Going away this winter? Set your heating to come on for at least an hour a day to keep your boiler functioning
  • If you have a loft, leave its access open in extremely cold weather to help prevent freezing pipes
  • Avoid blockages by letting cooking fat solidify and throw in the bin rather than pouring down the sink
  • Make sure you have your annual gas service carried out. It’s free and it could save your life!

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