3 March 2020
Top tips to protect your static caravan

Top tips to protect your static caravan

At Peacock Insurance we know buying a static caravan is a huge financial responsibility, which makes protecting your investment very important, and when it comes to insuring your investment, it makes sense to arrange your insurance through a specialist broker.

Peacock Insurance understand the unique requirements of holiday home owners so we can arrange flexible cover options and excellent value for money, with leading insurers. Whether your static caravan is used solely by you and your family, or let out as holiday home on a commercial basis, we have the policy and cover to suit your needs.

As well as choosing a specialist broker like Peacock Insurance to arrange insurance for your holiday home, there is plenty you can do to protect your static caravan. Holiday Parks are often in areas that can be more susceptible to the elements like high-winds and flooding. As many people come and go at a holiday park, this gives a greater risk of theft and vandalism. Poor maintenance could reduce the lifespan of your holiday home. All of these possibilities make it important to be aware of what you can do to protect your investment in a static caravan.

Top tips to Protect Your Static Caravan

Tips to keep Your Static Caravan Secure

Choosing your holiday park

Check if your holiday park is a member of a ‘watch scheme’. Scheme members have seen reductions in theft and crime.

Find out how the site is managed. Is there on site security? Is there on site monitoring of alarms and CCTV?

At the end of the season are you required to empty your caravan? Whilst this may seem inconvenient it is an important factor in reducing crime on holiday sites.

Protect with an Alarm

Protecting your caravan with an alarm is a great deterrent for intruders. It will be heard all over the holiday park and in most cases intruders will run away.

Check your Locks

Make sure all doors and windows are locked before you leave and at night time. This may seem obvious but when in a rush to pack up and get home, it’s easy to forget a window.

If your static does not have double glazing consider fitting window locks.

Install a Motion Sensor Light

Installing a motion sensor light outside is a great deterrent to burglars. If your pitch is flooded with light, it is unlikely they will run the risk of being seen. These can be purchased at reasonably priced from DIY stores.

Safety Tips for Your Static Caravan

Ventilation

Make sure the caravan is well ventilated and ensure vents are not blocked to avoid a build-up of poisonous gases.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that is invisible, and you cannot taste or smell it. Always have an approved alarm in your static caravan.

Smoke Alarms

Always have a minimum of one smoke alarm and check and change batteries yearly.

Fire Extinguisher

It is recommended that you have one or more fire extinguishers in your caravan, preferably within reach of the kitchen.

Fire Blanket

Keep a fire blanket in the kitchen to extinguish any cooking fires.

Appliances

Ensure all appliances are off at night to minimise fire risk.

Gas Checks

Most holiday parks now recommend for your own safety that you have annual boiler & gas fire check carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

Gas Cylinders

Make sure your gas connection pipe is secure and the gas bottles are stored in a safe place.

Always keep flammable items away from the cylinders.

Maintenance Tips for your Static Caravan

Gutters & Roof

Keep the gutters and roof free of debris, a simple sweep can prevent roof damage. Use an extended brush for your safety.

Regularly check the gutters and the roof for breaks and holes. If water builds up it can rot the roof and cause damp inside the caravan.

Water

Holiday caravans are less insulated than standard homes and water can easily freeze, causing pipes to burst.

Turn off the water when you are not there and at the end of the season drain the water systems prior to leaving.

Chassis

Check the chassis regularly and use wax oil to keep free of rust. Chassis damage repair is expensive but preventable.

Consider skirting if the holiday park is near the sea.

Foundations

Check your homes foundations looking out for cracks and report any to the site owner.

Damp

Leave your curtains open when you are not in the caravan in the colder months, to air the caravan.

Panels

Regularly clean the outside of the caravan with a warm water and a detergent such as a car cleaner. Animal waste and tree sap can cause damage if left unchecked.

Talk to one of our insurance experts directly on 02476 437 600 & we will personalise your Static Caravan Insurance cover specific to your needs or visit this link for an online quotation!

26 February 2020
Peacock Insurance Services Supports National Apprentice Week

Peacock Insurance Services Supports National Apprentice Week

February 3rd 2020 was the start of National Apprenticeship Week; this is an annual weeklong celebration of apprenticeships across England and at this time we recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the whole of the country. At Peacock Insurance Services we marked this occasion by taking part in local school and college workshops to promote the benefits of an apprenticeship and how you can be get involved.

As a business we value every one of our employees, around 30% of our work force has either begun their journey with us as an Apprentice or is currently in the process of completing an Apprenticeship.

All of our Apprenticeships are completed in partnership with Coventry College. It is a structured training program where you can work towards a qualification. While completing the NVQ accreditation you will gain the skills and knowledge you need in your chosen industry. You are also able to earn while you learn, as it stands today the current National Apprenticeship wage is £700 per month.

As a business, Peacock Insurance Services offer Apprenticeships across the whole business, ranging from Administration to Accounts and even Sales. There are also options to gain full Insurance Accredited Qualifications. Train to become an Insurance Underwriter or even a Department Section Head once you have completed your Apprenticeship.

Our passion is to help develop all of our staff. 98% of our Apprentices become full time employees once they have completed their qualifications. Some of our success stories include our very first Apprentice that started with us over 10 years ago, he has developed his career over the years becoming a very valued member of our team and is now completing a CII Diploma in Insurance. This qualification is a technical and supervisory qualification for Insurance staff working across all sectors of the Insurance Industry. Another success story includes an apprentice working their way up into the Management Team. Many have become Deputy Section Heads for different Departments where they learn the skills needed to one day manage their own teams. Some will become Trainers and Mentors for other staff coming into the business whether from normal employment channels or as a new apprentice.

If you are interested in joining our team as an Apprentice or have any questions about current opportunities please send your CV to our Human Resources Department: hr@peacockinsurance.co.uk

You can also visit for more information this external link for the Official HM Government Apprenticeships website.

13 February 2020
Peacock Insurance are pleased to announce that they are the proud finalists of the 2020 FSB Wellbeing Award of the Year

Peacock Insurance are pleased to announce that they are the proud finalists of the 2020 FSB Wellbeing Award of the Year

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Awards are a leading celebration of small businesses, shining a light on some of the best and most determined small businesses, across all industries.

Peacock Insurance are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as regional finalists in the 2020 FSB Wellbeing Award of the Year.

The Wellbeing Award of the Year recognises businesses that are creating an environment for their employees to succeed by demonstrating their commitment to their health and wellbeing. Judges will be looking for those businesses that promote and encourage wellbeing and positive health amongst their employees through a number of initiatives.

Representatives from Peacock Insurance will be attending the regional finals in March, with the potential to be entered into the grand finals which will be held in London. Peacock Insurance are proud to be recognised in this way for the commitment and investment they have devoted to improve their employee wellbeing over the last 18 months.

This a fantastic event to be a part of, celebrating small businesses in the West Midlands and Peacock Insurance are looking forward to meeting the other finalists in this year’s awards in March.

Peacock Insurance with the best of luck to all involved.