December 04, 2011 19:00 ET

Hectic Storms on the Way Warns Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2011) - Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance, is warning homeowners across the UK to prepare for gale force winds and heavy rain. Scotland is the first to get hit by the storm and it's expected to move further south to England.

Swinton is encouraging homeowners to be prepared and take necessary action so not to get caught out by the bad weather. Homeowners need to check their buildings insurance policies to ensure they are covered for storm and accidental damage as they could be left with a hefty repair bill.

To help with preparations, Swinton is offering the following advice:

  • Strong winds can bring down power lines so always keep candles and torches in case of black outs.

  • Ensure fence panels, wheelie bins, recycling boxes and garden furniture are secure as high winds could uplift objects and cause serve damage

  • Take down washing lines as they could be extremely dangerous if blown away and could harm other people and animals.

  • Keep all doors and windows shut so not to cause drafts and to stop them from slamming.

  • Draw curtains and shut blinds, this will help prevent glass spreading through the house if objects were to damage any windows.

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton says, "It's always a good idea for homeowners to double check their policy as storm and accidental damage is usually an automatic inclusion to house insurance. It's important to make sure you are adequately covered as typical British weather is always unpredictable."

For more information contact Mairead Rodden at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770.

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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