Heavy 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 e.g. 18°C/65°F bedroom and 21°C/70°F Day-Room.
- Register for cold weather alerts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
When cold weather happens
- Wear several layers to avoid losing heat.
- Cover your head.
- Keep moving your arms and legs to help the blood circulate.
- Wear practical footwear that's warm and has a good grip.
- Consider using a walking stick to help your balance.
- Consider whether you really need to make the journey.
- If snow or ice is forecast, make sure you and your car are fully prepared for the trip:
- Take warm clothes, food, water, fully charged mobile phone, torch, spade and possibly a reflective jacket.
- Tell somebody when you expect to arrive and the route you plan to take.
- Make sure there's enough Screen-Wash in the washers, and carry some spare for top-ups.
- Try to wait for roads to be treated/gritted before setting off (remember, not all roads will be treated).
- Check the Highway Code for advice on driving on ice and snow. The main points are:
- Slow down. Allow extra room - it can take 10 times as long to stop in these conditions.
- 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
- Keeping 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 (www.nhs.uk)
Last Updated: 07th March 2019