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Burst Pipes Warning

22nd December 2010

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have attended a record number of calls to properties with burst water pipes over the last 24 hours; with fire crews attending 22 incidents in as many hours.

At these incidents crews isolated the water at the stop cock and also isolated the power supply if the electricity had been affected by the water.

We would urge people:

  • to ascertain where their stop cock is situated and if they are able to turn the supply off as the stop cock can often seize.
  • familiarise yourself with the main power supply distribution board and how to safely isolate it.


These actions can be done by the householder to reduce further water damage, reduce the risk of electric shocks and not tie a fire appliance up when it may be needed for more serious incidents. Fire control will prioritise calls and divert an appliance to a more serious incident should one occur.

Householders should also ensure exposed pipes are lagged to avoid them freezing, if they are going away over the Christmas period it may be necessary to place the heating system on a timer to keep the temperature inside the property above freezing, and turn off the water supply.

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