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How to get your home ready for winter

  • Check your boiler and heating controls are working and all radiators are getting hot to the top for optimum efficiency
  • Make sure your lights are working inside and outside of your home and have some spare bulbs available
  • Make sure you know where your mains water stop tap is in case of an emergency (it’s usually under your kitchen sink)
  • Find out where your electrical fuse board is. If you get any problems with power in your home, ensure all trip switches are in the up position first
  • If possible use a clothes horse to dry clothes instead of your radiators to allow the heat to circulate and help prevent condensation which could lead to damp
  • Make sure any prepayment meters are operating correctly
  • In case of a power cut keep a functioning torch in an easy to access location
  • Make sure you have saved emergency and useful contact numbers in a mobile phone or notebook
  • For information about power cuts in the local area or to report a power cut, call Northern Powergrid on 105
  • If your home is in a flood risk area visit our flood advice page.