Staying Safe and Warm in Winter
As the weather is set to become even more icy and blustery this winter, we often see many homes left without power due to extreme weather conditions. Do you feel prepared to cope with a power outage situation in freezing temperatures? With some forward planning and choosing the right kit, you can feel confident that should the worst happen, you and yours won’t suffer too much. Here are some tips for how to deal with a power cut and survive an extremely cold weather event:
During a power outage in winter, temperatures can plummet quickly. Keep all doors and windows shut, using rolled up towels to block any drafts or cracks that could be making the air colder inside. To prevent pipes from freezing, keeping a tap running at a light trickle is a good idea. Insulation such as blankets or newspapers can also be wrapped around pipes to prevent freezing.
Wear multiple layers of clothing, no matter how thin each layer is. This is more effective than one large jumper as warm air gets trapped between the layers. To ensure you have jumpers and blankets, consider making your own. For Crochet Blanket Kits, visit woolcouturecompany.com/collections/blanket-and-cushions-crochet-kits Ensure you have warm, waterproof clothing if you need to go outside.
Gather up all spare blankets, sleeping bags, gloves and hats in the case of severe temperature drops during the night. If the power is likely to be out for some time, then it’s wise to move all your activities to one room rather than trying to heat up the entire property. Pitch a tent if you have one, as it will keep you protected from cold air just as it would if you were outside camping.
When the weather turns to sleet, snow or driving rain, it’s wise to only drive when essential. Plan for every eventuality and have an emergency kit to hand in the boot of your car. The kit should include a de-icer and scraper, a high-quality torch, a blanket, first-aid kit, food and drink, a high-visibility vest, spade and warning triangle. Keeping your vehicle well-maintained with regular services and MOTs, checking tyres and replacing old batteries are all vital winter actions if you plan to travel in all weather.
Check on your neighbours
Freezing temperatures combined with power cuts can put elderly or vulnerable residents particularly at risk. Once a room temperature dips to below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, people can experience confusion, speech slurring, sleepiness and a weakened pulse – all signs of hypothermia. A little care and community spirit could save lives.