Name: Heavy snow and extreme cold
Description: Heavy snow and extreme cold

Heavy snow and extreme cold

Be prepared

  • 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

When cold weather happens

Walking outdoors

  • 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 (
Last Updated: 01st May 2019 Print Link