11 ways to winter-proof your home
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  1. Get your boiler and central heating serviced by a registered engineer. Find a Gas Safe Registered Engineer via www.gassaferegister.co.uk.
  2. Bleed the radiators – they are much more efficient when hot water can flow into every part of the radiator.
  3. Look for loose roof tiles or bricks where frost or bad weather could get in.
  4. Clear guttering of leaves and debris to help avoid leaks, or collapsing guttering. This is the most-avoided winter job, says The Co-operative Home Insurance.
  5. Get open-fire and wood-burning stove chimneys professionally swept. Ask friends for recommendations or find a sweep using the National Association of Chimney Sweeps.
  6. Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work.
  7. Check pipe insulation for any damage.
  8. Know where your stopcock is and check it works in case of burst pipes – it can jam if it’s not used regularly.
  9. Clear the garage to make room for your car in freezing conditions.
  10. Put away garden or patio furniture to avoid damage – it’s not designed to withstand snow and frost!
  11. Stock up on salt/grit to clear drives and pathways of frost and ice.

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