‘Be prepared and ‘Beat the Freeze’’ – McKevitt
With temperatures forecast to plummet this week, SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt is urging residents to protect their homes against frozen pipes.
The South Down assemblywoman spoke to Newry Times and warned, “No one will forget the sub-Arctic temperatures we had to shiver through for several weeks in recent winters, and the chaos that caused for so many households.
“A lot of people were not prepared for the harsh conditions during the ‘Big Freeze’, but now we have no excuse. Simple planning now to get your house in order for whatever ‘Mother Nature’ may throw at us over the next few weeks and months will make all the difference.
“We all remember the scenes on television of the damage caused to homes and businesses by burst pipes; running into tens of thousands of pounds – furniture damaged and the personal possessions ruined.
“Follow the advice of NI Water and insulate your pipework. It is an essential but valuable action to protect your own water supply and your neighbours.
“Plan now with a few simple steps, heeding advice widely available from NI Water, and ‘beat the freeze’ such as knowing where your stop valve is; keep the contact number of a registered plumber handy to deal with any bursts on your property.
McKevitt addede, “We’ve been lucky recently with mild conditions, but this weekend that is expected to change. Don’t get caught out.”
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