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Extreme weather

Snow and extreme cold

  • Make sure you’ve enough insulation around your water tank(s), loft and external water pipes 
  • Check you have de-icer, salt/grit and the necessary tools to keep your home safe and clear of snow
  • Keep your heating to the right temperature - such as 18°C/65°F bedroom and 21°C/70°F dayroom.

Out in cold weather
  • Wear several layers and a hat to avoid losing heat
  • Keep moving your arms and legs to help the blood circulate
  • Wear practical footwear with a good grip
  • Consider using a walking stick to help your balance.

Travelling safely
If snow or ice is forecast, make sure you and your car are fully prepared for a trip: 
  • Take warm clothes, food, water, mobile phone charger, torch, spade and possibly a reflective jacket. 
  • Tell somebody when you expect to arrive and the route you plan to take. 
  • Make sure you have enough screen wash.
  • Try to wait for roads to be treated/gritted before setting off (remember, not all roads will be treated). 
  • If you start to skid, ease gently off the accelerator and avoid braking. 
  • If braking is necessary pump the brakes, don’t slam them on. 
  • If you get stuck, stay with your car and tie something brightly coloured to the aerial.

In and around your home
  • Keep the paths around your property clear of snow. 
  • Knock down any icicles to prevent them falling on passers-by. 
  • Check if your gutters are being affected by the weight of snow. 
  • Put salt or grit on paths and driveways. 
  • Consider getting together with neighbours to clear footpaths and community areas. 
Check for winter health advice and information at NHS Choices.

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