With weather warnings in place across East Sussex, firefighters are asking people to take precautions against flooding and during the Christmas getaway.
If you are taking to the roads in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, please be careful and follow their simple advice:
Drive according to the road conditions and allow extra time for your journey if necessary;
Remember to keep your distance from the car in front of you – it takes much longer to stop in the wet and fallen leaves can be just as slippery and treacherous for motorists as driving on ice;
Make sure that you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts – you are 50 per cent more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you are not wearing one;
Avoid being distracted and never use your mobile phone while driving;
Stay alert for other road users including people walking, jogging or cycling. Watch out for children at their bus stops as many schools return from the half-term holiday on Monday;
Check that your lights and windscreen wipers are working properly – visibility during the winter months can be poor and there are fewer hours of daylight;
Make sure that your tyres have sufficient tread and that they are inflated in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Floods can happen quickly so don’t wait until it is too late to think about preparation.
Before a flood:
Do organise some sandbags to block doors and airbricks but remember to ensure that there is adequate ventilation in your home.
Do find out whether your area has flooded before and if there is any specific flood advice for your area.
Do find out where to turn off your electricity and gas supplies in advance.
Don’t underestimate the damage that a flood can do, check with your insurance company that you have flood cover.
When a flood starts:
Do put your safety first, stay alert, events can change very quickly during a flood; listen out for any warnings on the radio and the TV.
Do move people or pets upstairs or to higher ground, identify a place where you and your family can keep away from the floodwater.
Don’t under any circumstances drive or walk through floodwater.
Remember, items that have been in contact with floodwater may be contaminated and contain sewage, therefore make sure that anything that has been in contact with the water is safely cleaned.
After the flood:
Do get in contact with your insurance company and let them know what has happened.
Do open your doors and windows to ventilate your home.