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Are you Ready for Winter?

This week, the Met Office has launched a fantastic new site dedicated to bad weather preparation, and tips on keeping safe and warm both at home, and on the road.

There’s much more to keeping well over winter than simply turning up the heating and putting on a jumper. Preparing your home and your vehicle for bad weather now, means that you won’t be caught out later in the season.

It’s also important to be aware of things like carbon monoxide poisoning when we’re cranking the heating up, or getting a fire going more often. And who doesn’t hate trying to force their care home around icy bends and through snow drifts...

Here is a selection of the wonderful advice available on the ‘Get Ready for Winter’ website:

  • If you’re staying away from home, set the heating to come on for at least an hour a day to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Entitled to a free flu jab? Don’t forget to have it soon.
  • Have all of your heating and cooking appliances thoroughly checked, and get a carbon monoxide alarm fitted if you haven’t already.
  • If bad weather is forecast, be certain that you have enough food and prescription medicines in the house.
  • Keep an emergency kit handy in your car. This should include items such as: de-icer, an ice scraper, warm clothes or blankets, a pair of boots, a wind up torch, jump leads, a first aid kit, food, a shovel, and a road atlas.
  • Check that your vehicle is in good condition for winter, and check fluid levels and tyre conditions regularly.

Visit ‘Get Ready for Winter’ for a fully comprehensive guide to everything we worry about when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

You won’t regret it!