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High winds

High winds often sweep the borough, particularly in winter and can affect residents and their property in different ways.

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Find out how you can protect your home in advance, what to do if you are affected and suggested ways to respond following the wind subsiding.

Preparation

  • In advance of high winds occurring it is good to ensure that your home is in a good state of repair. Consider the following issues...
    • Is your roof secure - are there any tiles missing/damaged/loose?
    • Is your guttering secure and clear of any debris?
    • Is your garden(s) clear of anything that may become dangerous when airborne during a storm?
    • Is your garden furniture away in a shed/garage/tied down appropriately?
    • Is there any vegetation that may become loose/fall over/dislodge due to high winds?
  • Consider closing your curtains in the lead up to the storm as this will reduce the risk of flying glass if debris hits your windows.

Warning

Response

  • Ensure all persons stay indoors and preferably away from windows.

During the storm

  • Avoid driving; if you must drive take extra care.
  • Do not go outside to repair damage.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible.

After the storm

  • Do not touch any electrical or telephone cables that have been blown down.
  • Ensure any repair work is carried out safely.
  • Make sure neighbours are safe.

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