Saga is urging homeowners to protect their properties against bad weather conditions as extreme weather is expected to hit Britain this week.
It has produced a free guide called ‘Prepare your home for bad weather’.
Saga says there are several quick, easy and inexpensive precautions that can reduce damage.
These include being aware in advance of how to turn off gas, electricity and water.
Homeowners should also ensure all garden furniture is stored away or adequately secured against high wind and storm damage
Precarious branches should be trimmed to minimise any additional damage should a storm occur.
Finally, people should check the roof for loose tiles, clear gutters and pipes and remember to keep checking for extra leaves and foliage that could cause blockages.
Saga says it is important to brave the cold and check the outside of a property and look for peeling paintwork and loose putty on windows as this can let water in and cause windows to swell and jam.
Snow can be particularly problematic if not cleared quickly as melting snow can soak through roofs causing flooding or damp and power cuts can add to the difficulties of extreme weather.
Saga is urging homeowners to be prepared and keep a torch and batteries in a readily accessible place, and keep doors shut to retain heat.
People should also make sure their fridge and freezer doors are shut and not to open them during a power cut as food will keep longer this way.