AA Home Emergency Response

AA Home Emergency Response

December 02, 2011 13:54 ET

Half-Term Holidaymakers Warned: Don't Be Caught Out by the Cold Snap

AA warns half-term holidaymakers to prepare their home for a probable cold snap

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2011) - Recent mild temperatures will see thousands of holidaymakers leaving their homes unprepared for a cold snap as temperatures are predicted to plummet to freezing or below next week*.

With thousands of British families expected to jet off to sunnier climes or the ski slopes of Europe over the weekend, AA Home Emergency Response has voiced concerns that the recent mild temperatures could lull homeowners into a false sense of security. With spring flowers appearing and even blossom in some parts, many families will turn their central heating off for their break away without realising the threat of frozen pipes still exists.

This winter has already set new records following the coldest December in over 100 years** and over the last two severe winters, snow and freezing temperatures have been seen as late as March. Now the AA is advising half-term holidaymakers to take a few simple precautions to prevent any unwelcome homecoming surprises:

  • Keep heating on at low levels if you are away to help prevent freezing
  • Make sure that pipes in lofts and any exposed areas are sufficiently insulated
  • Leave loft hatch open slightly to allow warmer air to circulate
  • If you have a trustworthy friend or neighbour, ask them to pop in while you are away and just check that everything is ok

Tom Stringer, AA Home Emergency Response, said: "Nobody wants to return from a half term break to a home emergency which could have been easily prevented. Our advice to all half-term holidaymakers is to make sure their house is prepared for all eventualities - they may be heading off to some summer sun but they mustn't forget it's still winter at home."

* Temperatures are predicted to fall to lows of -3 degrees Celsius in Central London next week www.metcheck.com.

** BBC News online

About AA Home Emergency Response

AA Home Emergency Response cover provides a network of approved tradesmen available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no call-out charges or policy excesses and for work carried out under the policy, parts and labour are guaranteed. Cover is available to both existing AA members and non members.

Customers wishing to find out more information should visit: www.theaa.com/home-emergency or call 0800 107 1031

Contact Information

  • AA Press Office
    Sue Beeson
    01256 492874

    Citigate Dewe Rogerson
    Brandon Stockwell
    020 7638 9571 or 07768 747907