As the winter weather bites, Scottish Water is advising communities across the Highlands to heat, insulate and protect their homes, businesses, holiday cottages and village halls to help prevent the misery of burst pipes.
There are three simple steps:
Heat — Leave your heating on at a low temperature. Make sure heaters are well-maintained and working properly. Leave a key and contact details with neighbours or family if you are going away.
Insulate — Check loft insulation is thick and in good condition.
Protect — Have any leaks at taps or valves repaired. Fit draught excluders to your doors and windows. Look out for your neighbours, especially the frail, elderly and vulnerable.