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 eg: 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 (