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November 24, 2010

Hiscox promotes precautionary winter measures

by Richard Kilner

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Specialist home insurer Hiscox is advising homeowners to beware the winter weather, following a 60% spike in freeze-related claims during the last winter.

Nor were motorists unaffected, with a third of motor claims in January related to ice.

In light of the lengthy and harsh winter, Hiscox is advising people to be careful and to take measures to help reduce the impact and chance of winter weather-related woe.

Last winter many a home was damaged with frozen pipes and blocked gutters, and roofs (especially flat ones) collapsed beneath the weight of snow.

Hiscox home insurance expert Austyn Tusler said that last winter saw a dramatic rise in home and car insurance claims but added that some of it could have been prevented.

Tusler went on to say that insulation of water tanks, pipes and cisterns can help and that mains water taps should be checked in case of frozen pipes, to enable control of any water spillage.

Homeowners ought to be aware of where water valves are located and how to switch them off in case of a burst pipe and to keep the heating on when away from home to help prevent pipes bursting in the first place.

Drivers are advised to get their battery, antifreeze level, heater, brakes, and defroster checked out by a mechanic and to make sure their tyres have sufficient tread.

The message from Hiscox echoes that of Ageas and the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), which yesterday urged homeowners and businesses to take precautions against winter weather.

 

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