The winter months can be hard and it's important to put steps in place to ensure the safety of your family, your home and your community. Have a look at our tips on how to keep safe!
 
  1. Use a hot water bottle in bed
    Or use an electric blanket to keep toasty. However do not use both these at the same time!
  2. Store food in your cupboards
    Such as pasta, noodles, rice and long life milk. Things that will last over the winter period, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst and you can't leave the house!
  3. Wear layers
    Wearing several layers is more effective at keeping you warm than one thick layer, so wrap up!
  4. Look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours
    In the winter, an older person dies every 7 minutes. Play your part in helping reduce this statistic.
  5. Protect your pipes
    Pipes freezing causes big problems in winter-time. The best way to avoid this is to keep your heating at a constant low temperature, and wrap external pipes in lagging.
  6. Shovel the snow and grit your paths
    Paths and roads can become very slippery and dangerous in the cold months. Shovel the snow so it doesn't compact down to ice, and grit so you don't fall over! Don't forget to help your neighbours, if they are unable to do it themselves!
  7. Keep a note of emergency numbers
    Write down your emergency contacts including someone who lives outside of your area who you could call for help if you need it.

 

This article was originally published in the Winter Newsletter. For more Winter Safety advice, visit our Winter Safety pages.