Insurance firm issues advice ahead of gales set to hit South Yorkshire

An insurance firm has issued advice ahead of Storm Doris hitting the county
An insurance firm has issued advice ahead of Storm Doris hitting the county
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An insurance firm has issued advice to South Yorkshire with Storm Doris set to hit the county.

With weather warnings in place and winds of 80mph forecast, Aviva is advising homeowners and businesses to take basic precautions to protect themselves and their property.

The insurer said it has a network of contractors and property claims experts on standby across the country to help those who might be affected by the storm.

Rob Townend, claims director for Aviva said: “High winds, heavy rain and potentially snow on high ground are forecast and could cause havoc to homes and businesses, but there are some simple things that can be done now to protect property and vehicles.

"It’s likely that this weather front will also cause disruption to travel plans so take care on the roads and be prepared for delays.

“Our claims teams are ready and here to help if your property or car has been damaged as a direct result of storm force conditions. We can also arrange alternative accommodation for you if the damage means you need to move out of your home temporarily.”

He issues advice to try to reduce the risk of damage caused by the gales.

"If possible park the car in a garage, or away from large trees," he said.

"If time allows and it is safe to do so check for loose tiles on the roof and secure any weak fencing to minimize the risk of causing damage to other parts of your property.

"Safely store or secure any garden furniture, ornaments, bikes or children’s toys and outside play equipment.

"Make sure all doors and windows are closed."