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High winds, storms and gales

High winds, storms and gales

Before the storm

  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them.

  • Make sure your bins are secured as they can be blown over or moved.

  • 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.

  • Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°.

  • If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened.

  • If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them.

During the 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 as 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 a high sided vehicle.

  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary.

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.

  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened.

  • Remember the phone line to YHN Repairs and Your Local Services - 0191 278 7878 - can be very busy after storms so please be patient.

  • Make non urgent requests for environmental services using our Your Local Services online forms.

  • If you need to report a dangerous tree this must be phoned through to Your Local Services on 0191 278 7878. Do not use the online forms. Teams will initially make a site safe so removal of branches may take place later on.

  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs or any other reports.

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