The UK didn’t see much snowfall last year, not in comparison to the year before. In the South East, we didn’t have any at all so I think every child in this region is desperately hoping it will snow this winter. It can be very exciting when it snows – it’s pretty and magical as it falls down but the initial novelty soon wears off, as it does seem to cause us Brits an awful lot of disruption.
Here we share some tips to keep warm as well as measures we can take, personally, to prepare:
- Even if it doesn’t snow, it’s always a good idea to make sure your pipes at home are all in good working order with no corrosion as a sudden, severe cold spell can cause the pipes to burst.
- Make sure you have a good shovel and you know where it is.
- Ensure you have enough warm clothes for yourself and your children; layering up is essential. Gloves and snowboots/wellies with thick socks are key to keeping frostbite at bay. But the torso is the main area to concentrate on, as well as your head as we lose heat fast here. If you go outside, keep moving around to keep the circulation going.
- If you know snow is on its way, try to buy enough supplies beforehand to get you through a week, just in case you can’t get out. This includes medication. Buy bottled water and high energy foods and tinned food that doesn’t require cooking, as power cuts can be more common than you think.
- If there is a power cut, you will need to ensure you have a torch, spare batteries or a wind up type, candles, matches etc that you can find easily – nothing worse than trying to locate all of these things in the dark when everyone is panicking. Extra blankets are essential. Fold up towels and/or blankets around gaps underneath doors or around windows where there is draft, and close off any rooms that you don’t need to use.
- If you are going out in the car, make sure you have an emergency kit which includes blankets, ice scraper, de-icer, torch (and batteries), jump leads, phone charger, maps and suitable warm footwear/waterpoofs.
- If you don’t have winter tyres on your car, they must at least have a thick tread and be fully inflated. And check your spare.
Now, go and enjoy that snow!