Dennis Robertson, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, is urging all property owners to insulate and protect their properties in readyness for winter.
Scottish Water has launched its winter campaign, the key steps of which include protecting pipes, being prepared for severe weather and ensuring properties are heated, insulated and protected. There is also a free service that provides independent advice to people on low incomes on how to get help with their gas and electricity bills.
Endorsing both messages Mr Robertson said: “We must not be lulled into a false sense of security by last year’s relatively mild winter. Here in the North-east we can have very severe weather thrown at us and it is only sensible to be prepared.
“Those of us who have experienced the consequences of burst pipes will know what a distressing, costly and time consuming trauma this can be”.
SNP MSP for the North-east, Mark McDonald has has endorsed the message. Mr McDonald said: “Previous winters have shown how severe the weather can be, and it is only sensible to be prepared for the possibility of a return to severe winter weather.
“I would encourage everyone responsible for a property to follow the basic and inexpensive advice contained within the Scottish Water website at: www.scottishwater.co.uk/you-and-your-home/be-prepared-for-winter/be-prepared-for-winter.
Call the free Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 or visit www.homeheathelpline.org.uk.