Before a storm
- Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows or other glazing.
- Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages.
- Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
- If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them.
During a storm
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees.
- Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
- Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
- If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
- Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you.
- Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads. Delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible.
- Slow down and be aware of side winds. Particular care should be taken if you are towing or are driving a high sided vehicle.
- Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary.
After a storm
- Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down.
- Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened.
- Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.