Welcome to 2015. What can we expect this year? There’s a General Election, a rugby and a cricket World Cup, and a new royal baby. And, as always, I make resolutions but, as I wrote in a blog two years ago, I don’t always keep them.
But this year we’re all going to do the following to make our lives safer and more secure:
- Get your valuables re-valued: and once you’ve had them re-assessed, inform your insurer.
- Back up your computer files: particularly anything irreplaceable such as family photographs.
- Get your chimney swept regularly: we’ve written recently about the dangers of chimney fires.
- Stop using electrical appliances overnight: we know from experience that this can cause life-threatening fires.
- Test your smoke alarm regularly: this is on the assumption that you’ve got one. If you haven’t: install one now.
- Clear out your gutters: otherwise they may overflow in a heavy downpour.
- Change your computer passwords: make them more secure, and don’t use the same one for every online account.
- Check the insulation on your pipes: you’ll be grateful if (or when) the next freeze arrives.
- Safeguard your important documents: put them in a fireproof and waterproof box.
I’m going to try to do all of the above. Are you?
Here’s to a great and safe 2015 for us all.