As Storm Ophelia is set to hit parts of the UK and Ireland , Co-op Insurance offers tips to secure homes

16 October 2017

Co-op Insurance is offering its members and customers advice on how to protect their homes as Storm Ophelia hits Ireland.

Outside the home

  1. Secure items in the garden such as furniture, pot plants, ladders and children’s toys, or bring inside the house if you have space
  2. If possible, check that your fence panels are secure
  3. Park your car away from large trees in case there are any falling branches
  4. If you are in a flood risk area, if possible move your car to higher ground where flooding is less likely – but don’t drive if it’s not safe to do so
  5. Don’t take any unnecessary risks

Inside the home

  1. Have a storm kit ready including any essential items such as blanket, torch, water and easy to eat non-perishable
  2. Make sure that all windows and doors are closed and locked
  3. Have emergency contact numbers in a safe place i.e. insurance claims number and policy number, local authority and utility company contact details
  4. Move any valuable or essential items in your property upstairs
  5. Unplug all your electrical items in case of any power surges
  6. Know where to switch off your utilities at the mains – gas, electricity and water
  7. Back up computers and switch them off to avoid losing any sentimental items e.g. photographs
  8. If you lose power, have a torch at the ready instead of candles as these could pose a fire hazard
  9. Keep pets warm and indoors
  10. Check on any neighbours you feel may need support

Jonathan Guy, Head of Claims at Co-op Insurance said:

“If you have any neighbours who may need support, check to see if they need your help before and after the storm.

“If your home is damaged by bad weather, contact your insurer as soon as possible so that they can assess the level of damage and make the necessary arrangements to deal with your claim as they may also need to help you arrange alternative accommodation.”

Ends

Any Co-op Insurance customers affected who need to claim can call Co-op Insurance on our 24 hour claims line: 0345 999 8888.

For further information please contact:

Emily Penkett: Emily.penkett@coop.co.uk / 07738621201

About Co-op Insurance:

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