With winter fast approaching, WaterSafe and the Met Office are advising homeowners to wrap up their homes as well as themselves to stay safe this season.
Cold temperatures can cause water inside pipes to freeze, leading to bursts and floods.
Research shows that despite 90% of British households saying they know water pipes can freeze and burst in cold weather, only 23% insulate their pipes and only 20% have a plumber’s number to hand in case of emergencies.
The message to take action now comes as part of the government’s Get Ready for Winter campaign, with WaterSafe urging homeowners to wrap up their homes with pipe lagging and insulation to stay safe and healthy.
Met Office head of civil contingencies Mel Harrowsmith said: “While it’s too early to predict what weather this winter will bring, the Get Ready for Winter pages are designed to provide useful information that helps the public to be prepared and safe during the winter months, whatever the weather.
“We can’t change the weather, but we can encourage everyone to make the most of it using our accurate forecasts and advice from our partners around the country.”
WaterSafe director Julie Spinks said: “If the worst happens and you do have a burst pipe, then turn off the water at the stop tap, allow the thawed water to escape through your tap as normal and call a plumber who is qualified to work with the drinking water in your home.”