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Tie down trampolines, fasten outdoor furniture

9/07/2014

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Auckland, 9 July 2014 – AA Insurance is urging homeowners to tie down their trampolines, and fasten their outdoor furniture to prevent damage or injury as high winds and heavy rain continue to lash the country.

Suzanne Wolton, AA Insurance Head of Customer Relations, said, “During each storm we have a number of preventable claims related to trampolines and other outdoor equipment flying over to the neighbours’ and damaging their property, or creating havoc on our customers’ properties.  This storm is no different, with the upper North Island taking a battering overnight, and more wild weather anticipated to move down the country today.

“To avoid these types of incidence be sure to store away or secure items that may move during a storm, such as garden equipment, outdoor furniture and sports gear such as trampolines. In the past we’ve had claims whereby these types of large objects have ended up damaging cars, fences, and even the neighbours’ roofs and guttering. We want people to avoid this kind of damage to property, or worse, an injury to themselves or others.”

There have also been substantial power outages reported, so it’s a good idea for customers to check their electrical appliances and turn off anything unnecessary before the power goes back on. If you are affected by the storm AA Insurance advises customers to contact their insurer as soon as possible to make a claim, especially if they need emergency repairs.

In the meantime, homeowners should make preparations for their belongings and home. With significant high gusts and rain warnings forecast for later today it’s vital that any urgent repairs to keep homes watertight and safe are carried out as soon as possible.

“Now’s a good time to check your property, and secure anything that could cause damage to parts of your, or your neighbours’, property,” said Suzanne.

AA Insurance advises its customers to:

  • Secure or move your outdoor furniture inside
  • Unplug appliances which 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 0800 500 216 as soon as possible to report any damage to your property especially if you need emergency repairs.

ENDS

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Arwen Vant, Botica Butler Raudon Partners, (09) 303 3862, 021 484 232 or email arwenv@botica.co.nz

Amanda Fifield, AA Insurance Limited, (09) 927 2085 or email Amanda_Fifield@aainsurance.co.nz

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