This Sunday (27 October) at 2am the clocks go back one hour, signalling an end to British Summer Time. With this brings darker evenings – and you’ll probably notice it getting colder too. This is the time to get your home ready for the winter and Wales & West Utilities wants to remind people to carry out some simple checks to help protect and keep their loved ones safe this winter.

With more households likely to turn their heating on shortly, we want to remind people that now is a good time to make sure:

• all gas appliances are fitted and working correctly – get them serviced by a registered Gas Safe engineer
• an audible carbon monoxide alarm is present in the home – if you don’t have one, these can be purchased from most DIY stores
• the National Gas Emergency Number - 0800 111 999 – is stored in your phone. This is the number to call immediately if you smell gas or suspect the presence of CO

Now’s the time to get ready for winter – it may save your life.