16th December, 2015
- Prepare Your Home for Winter
Getting your home ready for the season doesn’t just mean putting up a Christmas tree. Check your heating system, install insulation, repair any leaks in your roof, and prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Prepare Your Car for Winter
The colder weather can take its toll on your car – as well as increasing the risk of accidents if snow and ice is on the road. Keep your tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines, and replace your tyres if necessary. Keep an emergency kit in your car in case you become stranded.
- Prepare for Emergencies
Extreme winter weather can cause emergency situations, such as the disruption caused recently by Storm Desmond and Storm Clodagh. With the National Grid winter capacity at a seven-year low, power outages are a distinct possibility. Stocking up on food that needs no cooking and preparing an emergency kit including a torch, spare batteries and first aid items could prove invaluable in the event of an emergency.
- Stay Up to Date with Weather Warnings
The Met Office recommends you stay up-to-date with weather forecasts over winter, including any weather warnings. Watch local weather reports, Check the Met Office website, www.metoffice.gov.uk, or follow the Met Office on social media.
- Check on Friends and Relatives
Make sure your neighbours and loved ones are safe and healthy this holiday season, especially those who are elderly or have long term health conditions.