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Batten down the hatches - wild weather safety

13 March 2017

‘A dark and stormy night’ may be the classic way to start a novel, but in reality wild weather can cause havoc at any time of the day or night, be it high winds or torrential rain. So, our AA Insurance experts have come up with some great ways to help keep you and your property safe.

Tips to help you through a flood

  • Make sure you, your family and pets are safe and in a dry area
  • Don’t  attempt to inspect or repair any damage until it is safe to do so
  • If the floors are wet, lift your furniture off the floor to prevent staining
  • Keep your damaged items if they are safe to do so,  or take photos – this is useful to confirm what needs replacing
  • Don’t drive unless you absolutely need to. If your vehicle has been damaged or suffered flooding it may be unsafe to drive
  • AA Insurance customers should call us as soon as you can on 0800 500 216 to report any damage to your property especially if you need emergency repairs.

While it’s important to think safety first during these types of emergencies, customers who’ve been able to assess the damage to their property should give us a call. There is no rush to make a claim, but the sooner you let us know, the sooner we can help you.

Tips to help you through a storm

  • Secure or move your outdoor furniture inside
  • Unplug appliances that may be affected by electrical power surges - if power is lost unplug major appliances
  • Pull curtains and drapes over windows to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass
  • Do not attempt to repair any damage until it is safe to do so
  • If there is water in your light fittings, turn your lights off and call an electrician immediately
  • If it is safe to do so, place a tarpaulin over any areas where the roof is leaking 
  • If the floors are wet, lift your furniture off the floor to prevent staining  
  • Keep your damaged items if you can or take photos – this is useful to confirm what needs replacing
  • Call your insurance company as soon as possible to report any damage to your property, especially if you need emergency repairs.

At AA Insurance, we receive at least one trampoline related claim for every big storm. So before the bad weather strikes, it’s a good idea to tie down your trampoline as well as any other large, heavy objects like BBQs and garden furniture, or put them in the garage. You don’t want them bouncing around damaging your property, or that of your neighbours’.

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