Nobody wants to experience an emergency or critical situation in the home, but when it does happen, taking the necessary steps in a calm and collected manner are crucial.
The majority of people will have some sort of buildings and contents cover to protect the bricks and mortar of a property as well as valuable possessions. But cover for accidental damage, boiler and central heating breakdowns along with emergency protection have become more and more popular in recent years.
Not only can these policies save a lot of time, effort and money, they also provide great peace of mind. So if you find yourself in a grave situation that requires immediate attention, here is some handy advice.
If you smell gas and suspect a leak or your carbon monoxide detector has gone off, then you must call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. It is also advisable to notify your gas supplier.
For external faults, the National Gas Emergency Service will rectify the problem free of charge. However, if the leak is within your home, they can only spend 30 minutes attempting to rectify the issue. After this, they may have to shut off your gas supply and you will be responsible for the leak.
To keep safe, do not use electrical appliances or anything that creates a spark, turn off the gas supply, open all doors and windows then vacate the property.
When it comes to protection against fire, prevention and preparation are vital.
In the event of a fire, remember the following:
Again, preparation is important, especially if your geographical location is prone to flooding. It is a good idea to prepare an emergency kit with a torch, bottled water, medication, first aid kit, radio, wellington boots, cleaning products, towels and a mobile phone if possible. If you have any important documents or valuable possessions, seal them in a plastic bag and place in a high position.
When it comes to cleaning up, remember the following:
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