Mayo County Council advises householders and businesses to prepare now for winter weather

While the weather last winter was not as severe as the weather at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, Mayo County Council this week has taken the opportunity of advising the public to make preparations for winter weather over the next number of months. These preparations will help people to cope if the weather this winter is severe. In order to avoid personal hardship and damage to your home or business premises, Mayo County Council wishes to advise householders and businesses to make the following preparations:

Ensure that all internal water pipes in your home or business premises are adequately insulated and that your water and heating system is in good working condition. If necessary, have the system checked by your plumber. Ensure that water tanks and pipework in the attic are properly insulated and to consider the installation of frost-watcher protection particularly in houses that have had their attics insulated. Ensure that your external water service pipe is at a sufficient depth below the ground and is adequately protected from freezing during periods of extremely cold weather. If necessary, carry out whatever works are necessary now in order to protect your water supply before the winter weather occurs.

If you use an open fire or solid fuel system, ensure that your chimney has been recently swept. Ensure at all times that you have sufficient fuel, ie, oil, gas, coal, turf or other solid fuel so that you will be able to continue heating your home if deliveries are delayed due to snow or icy roads.

Ensure that you keep contact telephone numbers for your plumber and electrician readily available.

If your home, holiday home or business premises will be vacant or closed during the winter, you should take the following precautions: Turn off your water supply. Drain all water from your water and heating system. These simple precautions will ensure that your pipes do not burst and that your home or business premises does not flood. It is important that the preparations outlined above are carried out now as it may be very difficult to do so when severe winter weather occurs. Mayo County Council will provide further advice to householders, businesses and road users between now and winter.

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