Irish homeowners URGED to prepare emergency home safety kit

11th Oct 18 | News

Safety is paramount!

The country is bracing itself for the arrival of Storm Callum. 

Gusts of up to 130kmh for some coastal areas and locally stronger on higher ground and coastline are expected over the coming days.

Three Status Orange warnings are in place. The first Status Orange alert will come into effect tonight at 10pm for Cork and Kerry and will remain in place until 9am on Friday morning.

A second warning covering Donegal, Galway, Sligo, Mayo and Clare will come into effect at midnight and will remain in place until 1pm on Friday.

And a third warning covering Waterford, Wexford, Louth, Dublin, Wicklow and Meath comes into effect at midnight and remains in place until 9am on Friday.

Irish homeowners are also expected to be resiliant and prepared:

BE PREPARED

  • Have a small supply of non perishable, easy-to-prepare foods in case the electricity goes
  • Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to the pharmacy
  • Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail
  • Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts
  • Have candles and matches. Candles should always be placed away from draughts in proper candleholders. Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Have emergency contact numbers to hand
  • Leave a key and contact details with neighbours or family if you are going away
  • Ensure drains around your home are clear of leaves to avoid spot flooding entering your home. Trees in full leaf will suffer worse in strong winds.
  • Disassemble trampolines or make sure they are anchored down securely. Same for any garden/patio/balcony furniture
  • Check that loft insulation in good condition
  • Fit draught excluders to your doors and windows

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