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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How to reduce the risk of flooding damaging your home

    Homeowners can reduce the risk of flooding damaging their homes by making a few permanent changes, including:

    • Replacing ground floor coverings with ceramic tiles
    • Using slip-resistant rugs, rather than fitted carpets
    • Raising electric sockets and switches to a minimum of 1.5 metres above ground level (this also helps to prevent injuries by electrocution during a flood)
    • Using lime plaster on walls (as opposed to gypsum plaster)
    • Fitting solid wood, plastic or stainless steel kitchens
    • Installing free-standing, moveable kitchen units
    • Placing main ventilation or heating parts (boilers, etc.) well above ground level or upstairs
    • Fitting water inlet pipes and drains with non-return valves
    • Replacing wooden doors and windows with man-made (uPVC) ones
    • Replacing existing vents with flood-resistant air bricks

    Should these permanent changes not be an option (living in rented accommodation; limited financial resources), it is still possible to reduce the risk of flooding damaging your home by:

    • Blocking air bricks and doorways with sand bags, plastic or flood boards
    • Moving valuable belongings to safety (upstairs)
    • Having rubber boots handy to prevent injuries by trips and slips
    • Turning gas and electricity supplies off during times of flooding
    • Making sure your insurance covers you against flood damage
    • Having an emergency plan (how to contact family members; where to meet if separated; where to keep your vehicle out of harm’s way)
    • Keeping emergency phone numbers (emergency services, local council, insurance) handy

    Preparing an emergency kit including the following supplies is equally important:

    • Copies of your insurance documents
    • Torch and sufficient spare batteries to last a few days
    • Wind-up or battery-powered radio
    • Blankets
    • Warm, water-proof clothing
    • First aid kit
    • Adequate supply of medication required by any household members
    • Dried or tinned food
    • Bottled water
    • Fully charged mobile phone and spare battery

    If you have very young children, the kit should obviously also include everything you need to care for them.

    Unfortunate mishaps

    While preventing accidents is difficult during floods, they can and should be prevented in both residential and commercial properties under normal conditions. If you sustained an injury due to flooding damaging your home, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Call us, Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) to learn more.

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    Date Published: November 15, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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