Are you ready? Norfolk Winter…
All types of weather can affect you, the people around you and your property. The 21st November 2017 saw the launch on this year’s #WeatherReady campaign, coordinated by the Met Office: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2018/weatherready
Here are some top tips and advice on being ready for a Norfolk Winter:
You and your family:
Winter weather can bring many risks to you and your family..
- Get a flu jab. Flu affects people in different ways. If you are healthy you will usually shake it off in a week, however for younger and older people and those with chronic health conditions it can be very serious. You may be eligible for a free flu vaccination, check here: https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/who-should-have-flu-vaccine.aspx
- Check out this video that shows how weather can affect our health, and what you can do to manage the possible impacts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJibTZQS3Vk&feature=youtu.be
- Keep your hands and face warm – if they get cold they can trigger a rise in blood pressure.
- If you have to go out in the cold, remember that severe thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer.
- It is important to stay active as this generates heat and helps to keep you warm. Try moving when you’re indoors, and don’t sit still for more than an hour.
- It’s important that you eat enough in winter, and hot meals and drinks will keep you warm. Try to eat at least one hot meal a day and have hot drinks throughout the day.
- Check your heating, it should be heated to at least 18 degrees.
- Consider how you would access vital information, such as insurance documents. We are so reliant on the internet, but what if a storm meant power and mobile phone networks went down? Keep details of these in your Household Emergency Plan.
- Check whether your pipes are insulated.
- Think about what may be impacted by strong winds: guttering, pipes, roof tiles and garden items.
- Check if you are at risk of flooding: https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk
- Know what to do in a power cut. It’s now really simple to get in touch with your Electricity Distribution Network Operator; you just need to call 105.
- Ensure your home is insured.
- Top up anti-freeze and screen wash. It is advisable to use a screen wash additive as this helps to keep the wind screen free of dirt.
- Check oil and coolant levels.
- Have your car battery checked during an annual inspection. Battery problems are the reason for RAC call-outs in winter than anything else.
- Wiper blades and screen wash. Check them for wear and tear and ensure the windscreen washer fluid is topped up.
- Ensure all exterior lights comply with the legal requirements of the Country you are driving in. Check that all lights, including high beams and fogs work before setting of.
- Check the condition of you vehicles tyres, including the spare if you have one, for the correct pressures and legal tread depth.
- Keep your spare set, if you have any, of car keys in a safe place should you accidently lock them in your vehicle!
- If you get stuck in your car in winter it could be dangerous, so have a winter car kit ready comprising ice scraper, de-icer, jump leads, shovel, blanket and a torch.