Le Chéile RISK MANAGEMENT REDUCING RISK IN COLD WEATHER
Personal injuries and accidents increase dramatically during cold spells. Here are a few tips for limiting the risks that you and your family might face during serious weather conditions.
In your home:
• Leave your central heating running in all rooms at a constant temperature (the coldest time is between 1am and 3am).
• Open your attic trap door to let warm air circulate into the attic. Leave the area under the tank uninsulated.
• Know where your stop valve is, so that if you do have a leak, you can turn off the water
• Treat your driveway with salt and grit, so as to prevent slips and falls.
• Please check on the well-being of elderly neighbours.
• Only make journeys if they are absolutely necessary. Keep a close watch for weather warnings and heed the advice of the emergency services.
• Before setting out, ensure all windows in your vehicle are fully clear. Brush all snow from the car’s roof, as it could slip down over the windscreen. Remove snow or ice from your shoes to reduce the risk of them slipping off the pedals.
• When moving off from a standstill, use second gear to minimise wheel spin.
• It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in icy conditions so always allow extra room between you and the vehicle in front. Stick to main roads as these are more likely to be gritted
• Make sure your tyres are in good condition (minimum 1.6mm) and also check the condition of your wiper blades.
• Keep water, blankets and a first aid kit in you car, for emergency situations. Check anti- freeze levels and carry de- icer in case the locks freeze.
• If warming your car up don’t leave it unattended with the keys in the ignition. Many cars are stolen this way by opport- unist thieves each year.
• Take your breakdown telephone help-line number and mobile phone with you on all journeys.
Vol 9 • Issue 3 • Winter 2010
Deirdre Garvey, Chief Executive Officer of The Wheel and Mark Phelan, Managing Director of BHP launching the new insurance scheme for charities.
The Wheel recently completed a tender process involving a number of the country’s leading insurance brokers to agree a partner who would develop, maintain and service an insurance facility exclusively for members of The Wheel.
BHP Insurance Brokers Ltd, a Dublin based insurance broker, specialising in arranging insurances for organis-ations in the Charity, Social Housing and Voluntary sectors, have been selected as a result of this process.
BHP can be contacted on 1890 212131 if you have any queries about your insurance arrangements or if you would like to arrange a quotation for your organisation. More information on www.wheel.ie/insurance
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