Top Tips ahead of Bad Weather Conditions

Top tips for taking precaution ahead of bad weather conditions: road safety, how to keep your home safe and advice for helping vulnerable people.

What to expect:

  • Predicted plunging temperatures and heavy snow.
  • Possible low temperatures of -7C, with a yellow weather warning in place for the entire country until Saturday 3rd March.
  • First predicted heavy snowfall Tuesday 27th February.
  • Possible Red Weather Waring throughout the country coming into effect Wednesday 28th February.
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Road Safety

Before setting out on a journey during snow and icy conditions, consider if it is absolutely necessary.

Where possible, use public transport rather than a car.

Use the following checklist to ensure your safety before driving in snowy weather.

  • Clear all snow from your car windows and roof and carry a scraper and de-icer with you.
  • Check headlamps, brake lights and indicators before setting off, snow showers reduce visibility.
  • Always bring a fully charged mobile phone with you in a case of a breakdown.
  • Pack a hi-viz jacket, shovel, boots or wellingtons, extra clothing or a blanket and a flask in the boot of the car, in case of emergencies.
  • Check your tyres – pressure, tread depth (minimum 1.6mm) and condition.
  • If your car has rear wheel drive, putting extra weight in the boot (e.g. a bag of sand/cement etc) will help your wheels to grip.

Advice for older people and those with elderly relatives and neighbours

Those with elderly family, neighbours and friends should check in on them at regular intervals and make sure they have adequate supplies of food and fuel.

Elderly people are being advised to take the following precautions:

  • Keep warm with hot drinks and meals and avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food, fuel and medicine.
  • Keep your home warm and avoid unnecessary trips outside.
  • Ask a relative or neighbour for help if you require it and stay in touch by phone.
  • If you must go out, wear warm clothing and well-fitting shoes with a non-slip sole.

Winter-proofing your home

Cold weather can cause havoc in the home, particularly with the water supply.

To avoid frozen pipes, use the following checklist.

  • Ensure all exposed pipes are adequately insulated. This includes pipes in the attic where the attic floor has been well insulated.
  • Insulate or wrap a towel around an outside tap.
  • Leave a light on in the attic.
  • Open attic trap door to allow heat in.
  • Leave heating on for longer periods at lower settings.
  • Warmth offers the best protection against frozen pipes so keep your house warm.

Be prepared for power cuts and staying in the house for long periods of time

  • Keep a small supply of non perishable, easy-to-prepare foods.
  • Keep extra supplies of essential medication.
  • Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail.
  • Have a shovel and bag of salt to keep paths clear and safe.
  • Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts.
  • Have candles and matches. Candles should always be placed away from draughts in proper candleholders. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water.
  • Have emergency contact numbers to hand.