Cold Weather Advice
Follow these tips to keep your family warm and well in extremely cold weather
- Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block draughts
- Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly keeps energy levels up during the winter
- Keep active in your home if you can
- Wear several layers of light, warm clothes
- Keep your main living room at around 18-21 degrees C (65-70 degrees F) and the rest of your house at least 16 degrees C (61 degrees F). If you can't heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.
- Have your heating and cooking appliances checked
- Get financial support. There are grants, benefits and sources available to make your home more energy efficient, improve heating or help with bills
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Are you ready for winter?
As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Since 1990, gas and electricity network companies have invested over £80bn to make the UK’s gas and electricity supply more reliable than ever before. But storms, floods and other extreme weather can still cause damage and disruption.
That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.
To Be Winter Ready you should:
- Know your free emergency numbers - in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999
- Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
- Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.
Ice and snow
Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery. Take extra care if you go out and wear boots or shoes with good grip on the soles. The Met Office advises putting grit or cat litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping. It adds that you should wait until the roads have been gritted if you're travelling by car.
Bear in mind that black ice on pavements might not be clearly visible, and that compacted snow may turn to ice and become slippery.
Advice on how to clear ice and snow from paths and cycleways can be found on the GOV.UK website
Travel by car
Fog and icy road conditions should also be on your radar now. In the morning when you are battling ice on your windscreen, why not check out your fog lights while your heaters dissolve it?
A bit of forward planning goes a long way. Set your alarm 15 minutes early so you have time to sit with your car as it warms up and then have a bit more time to make your journey.
Never set off before your windows have completely cleared, as this obscures your vision. Drive to the conditions of the road and keep your distance behind the vehicle in front.
Most importantly, take your time. It’s better to get there late, than never.
Prepare a winter kit for your car
It's worth packing a few essential items in your car's boot to make sure you're ready in case of getting stuck in cold and wintry weather. The RAC and the Met Office have put together a list online for you to check.
Winter Cycling - be safe, be seen this winter
Invest in some good quality winter clothing, as getting cold and wet doesn’t make for a good riding experience, plus it could also affect your riding ability. Ensuring you have the right clothing for winter cycling will help you keep warm and dry.
Hi-viz clothing is very effective at making you visible at night.
Add reflective items to body parts that move, i.e. shoes with reflective strips, reflective wrist bands and gloves.
Wear a rear light on your back pack or your helmet for extra visibility. The additional height of the light will be at eye level for most motorists.
Please ensure your bike has working illuminated front and rear lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of reduced visibility.
Protect your home in winter
Leave a light on inside your home. Remember to choose low energy lamps.
Use a timer switch - These operate the lights as it starts to get dark. Change the times that the lights come on to simulate an occupied home.
Make sure your front door is well lit - Use dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark.
Keep your house secure - Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
Never buy anything from door to door sales people. If unsure do not open the door.