5th December 2015
Following last week’s Storm Clodagh, The Co-operative Insurance saw a nine-fold* increase in storm claims following strong winds and heavy rain which damaged homes across the UK.
In addition, these type of claims quadrupled after Storms Abigail and Barney earlier in November with a huge spike seen on 17 November. The most common claims related to roof damage (slates, ridge tiles, chimney pots), but others related to structural damage to gable end walls or to destruction caused by fallen trees.
Jonathan Guy, Head of Claims at The Co-operative Insurance, says: “There are certain things you can do to protect your home in advance of a storm coming, but one of the key things that will minimise any damage is maintaining your property on a regular basis.
“Ensuring you keep on top of garden maintenance and checking that the house itself and any outbuildings are in a good condition can make a huge difference if they are battered by wind and rain.”
In preparation for this weekend’s weather warning, The Co-operative Insurance offers home owners the following tips to keep their properties safe:
Outside the home
- Check that roof tiles are intact and clear any gutters and drains around your property to ensure that water can’t build up and cause flooding. This will also help to avoid pipe blockages
- Prune large branches on trees and shrubs
- Secure other items in the garden such as furniture, pot plants and ladders
- Park your car away from large trees in case there are any falling branches
Inside the home
- If there is a threat of a thunderstorm, unplug all your electrical items in case of any power surges
- Know where to switch off your utilities at the mains – gas, electricity and water
- Back up computers and switch them off to avoid losing any sentimental items e.g. photographs
- If you lose power, have a torch at the ready instead of candles as these could pose a fire hazard
- Have a storm kit ready including any essential items such as blanket, torch, water and easy to eat, non-perishable food
- Keep pets warm and indoors
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 has been 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.
Notes to editors:
*Based on analysis of The Co-operative Insurance claims data from 29 November compared to an average November day (data taken from 2013-2015) The Co-operative Insurance saw storm claims increase by 900% (Storm Clodagh).
Between 12 November 2015 and 21 November 2015 compared to an average November day (data taken from 2013-2015) The Co-operative Insurance saw storm claims increase by 377% (Storms Abigail and Barney).
For further information please contact
Press & Media Relations Manager – The Co-operative
Tel 0161 767 4281/07540 640 368
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