Safe use of church heating systems
The average Anglican church is a tricky place to heat. This guidance provides advice on the safe and efficient use of various church heating systems.
The risk of flooding can come from rivers or run-off from drains that are unable to cope with the volume of water.
Flooding is becoming a more regular occurrence, with the annual UK cost estimated to be in the region of £700m1.
You can check your risk of flooding by checking the websites of the agency responsible for the environment in your area, and also signing up to receive flood alerts. Undertaking a flood risk assessment can help shape your actions and return to normal activities quickly.
As with all risks, planning can make your response in an emergency easier, by making sure everyone knows what they should do to protect property and ensure the safety of people.
There are several ways to protect your buildings including the provision of flood barriers, sandbags, air-brick covers etc. Landscaping can also be used to good effect to divert water away from the buildings, but you must ensure that it is not diverted onto neighbouring properties.
Since the 1960s, average rainfall has increased 7.3%2, making flooding a risk which is likely to become more frequent. Being prepared can help you to limit damage to your property.
Around 5.2million properties are in flood risk areas in the UK3. You can check to see if your local area is at risk of flooding by visiting the websites below.
If flood risk is likely, there are several ways you can check the situation in your local area:
If you know that you are in a flood risk area, there are several ways you can prepare for flooding.
Work with your community
Visit the National Flood Forum website for useful information including a directory of flood-related products. They work with flood action groups to support communities and households who are at risk of flooding.
Store essential flood equipment
It’s good to keep essentials handy at all times. Keep buckets, sandbags, spades, wellies, bottled water, gloves and other protective clothing somewhere accessible. These will all be useful if flood waters do start to rise close to your property.
Have a contingency plan
A contingency plan should outline what you need to do in the event of a major incident such as a flood. Keep emergency telephone numbers and your insurance documents to hand so you can let essential people know straight away.
There are several ways you can protect your property against flooding:
Remember, if you have a basement that will be the first area to flood. Flash flooding, especially from a build-up of surface water is a real threat to properties with basement rooms. The water can pour in off the pavement quickly, inundating the room.