Are you winter ready?
The winter months can be difficult for a lot of us. With heating bills increasing and lots of extra outgoings to help keep us safe and warm , it can feel like a lot of pressure.
With many of us being at home a lot more than usual at the moment, this pressure can start to affect our emotional and physical wellbeing. Planning ahead, to make sure you feel winter ready can help to avoid any sudden surprises and ease that pressure.
We’ve put together this #WinterReady information page, to help you prepare for the colder months, save money, help keep safe and well and be a little more sustainable this winter.
Covid-19 service updates
The health and wellbeing of you, your family and our colleagues is our top priority.
We are committed to doing everything we can to provide you with vital services while following government advice Covid-19.
Don’t be left out in the cold – tips for checking your boiler
Lots of our homes rely on gas for heating and hot water. With the cold weather approaching, we’ve put together some handy tips to make sure your boiler is working properly, and to minimise risks of any problems with your heating and hot water this winter.
Staying safe and well
The next few months are usually a busy time of year for many people, with lots of celebrations and gatherings to look forward to.
We understand this is a frustrating time for everyone. However, we all have a duty to work together to make sure our communities stay safe and well.
Helping you save energy this winter
With many of us still being at home for longer periods during the day and with the winter months approaching, it’s a good time to think about how we can save on our energy bills and be a little more sustainable too.
Using your outdoor space safely
Our fire safety rules are in place to help you stay safe when using your balcony and outdoor spaces. If you have a balcony, garden or use of a communal space, it’s your responsibility to use it safely to prevent any fire risks. We understand that you want to enjoy the use of your outside space, however making sure it’s hazard free is important too.
Winterproofing your outdoor space
Being able to enjoy our outside space feels more important than ever right now. With the weather getting colder, we wanted to share some top tips for weather proofing your outdoor space to make sure it’s #WinterReady and help keep everyone safe and well.
Help to keep your home warm this winter
As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, it’s important to prepare your home for everything the colder months can bring.
Regularly testing your smoke alarm
Smoke alarms are a life-saving device, but they are also one of the most neglected.
You should be testing your smoke alarm at least once a month, to make sure it is working properly.
Gas and carbon monoxide safety in your home
By law, we must check all gas appliances in our rented homes, every year, to make sure they’re safe. Throughout lockdown we have continued to undertake these free gas safety inspections to all our homes.
Your annual gas safety inspection is essential in making sure your home is gas safe and to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Your health and wellbeing
It may be cold outside, but there’s still lots of ways you and your family can keep healthy and well, no matter what the weather’s like.
Tips to help avoid slips and trips
Our Estates Services team will clear hazardous snow, ice or fallen leaves from communal areas and paths. However, if you have your own balcony or garden it’s your responsibility to keep areas such as paths leading to individual front doors, drive ways, garden paths and balcony entrances clear and hazard free.
Keeping communal areas clear and tidy
With many of us at home a little more than we were expecting this new year, it may feel like the perfect time to start clearing out some of the clutter you’ve accumulated over the past few months.
Before you start any decluttering, please have a think about how you plan to get rid of any unwanted items first.
Electrical safety in your home
Every year, faulty electrics or electrical equipment cause around 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries in UK homes. But there are simple steps you can take to keep you and your family safe.