Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Homeowners, landlords and businesses urged to check out their properties



With thoughts turning to DIY and spring cleaning, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to double check their properties. There are concerns that the winter storms caused damage which may not be obvious without careful examination.

It comes after an incident on February 21st in Regency Square in Brighton where external moulding on a roof fell off.  A member of the public was struck but unhurt and a car that was parked in the road suffered some damage with a dented roof.

The mouldings were fixed to the face of the property on wood battens and it’s believed that as a result of the weather and possibly age, they absorbed so much water the weight pulled them from the building. Clearly in this particular part of Brighton and across the other seaside resorts there are a number of properties that could be in the same situation.

Chris Baker from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We were very busy during the winter storms, helping people when their properties were badly damaged. There may be other buildings which haven’t suffered so dramatically but could still pose a danger. We would ask that people take some time just to make sure that properties are safe. Fixing problems now could avoid having to call us out if we have further bad weather this year.”

Examples of what to look out for

  • Fixings coming loose
  • Cracks in walls, mouldings or other external features
  • Damp walls
  • Rotten wood
  • Loose tiles or guttering

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