Stay safe this Christmas and winter

Updated: 25 November 2020 at 15:15pm

With winter upon us and Christmas just around the corner, it's important to us that you have a safe, warm, and comfortable home so that you and your family can enjoy the festive season safely. 

Before your loved ones visit over the festive season and to make sure you are all warm over winter , we are encouraging all residents to test their heating systems to make sure these are working correctly. You can do this simply by switching on your boiler and letting it run for 20 minutes to make sure all your radiators are getting warm, your water runs hot, and there are no signs of leaks or stains from pipework.

If you have received a letter from us to book your Gas Safety Checks, please let us know, and we will book this in for you at a time and date that suits you. We want to make sure you can enjoy your Christmas dinner with all the trimmings as well as your favourite winter comfort food.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Christmas lights, so we are also carrying out electrical safety checks during this time and over the winter period. We want to make sure all electrical wiring and accessories in your home are safe, working correctly and do not pose any risks to you, your family, or your neighbours over the festive season. If you have received a letter from us, or our contractors, asking for access to carry out an electrical safety check, please contact the number given to arrange a convenient appointment. 

There are steps you can take yourself to ensure electrical appliances are safe:

  • Visually check leads and wires on appliances for any damage.
  • Switch off electrical appliances when they are not being used.
  • Do not overload plug sockets as these can overheat and cause fires.
  • Keep leads and wires for appliances away from any heat sources. 
  • When using extension leads, make sure these are completely unwound when using to prevent overheating
  • Check plug sockets and other accessories to ensure there are no signs of damage.
  • Be vigilant of plug in festive lights, especially when used on a tree. Some low quality or older style lights can get very hot and can cause fires to start.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season! 

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