It is forecast that on the lead up to Christmas that parts of the UK could experience temperatures as low at -15C. This is uncharacteristically cold, and although dreaming of a white Christmas, these conditions are likely to cause problems and even suffering.
When it is extremely cold with ice and now, or if there are high winds it is preferable that you stay indoors and only venture outside if it is absolutely necessary. Not so easy if you have to go to work, shop for food or get children to school.
When you do have to venture outside it is paramount to keep winter safety in mind.
Out On the Roads
- Avoid driving in low visibility weather conditions.
- Avoid travelling on ice-covered roads, stick to main routes that have been treated by salt spreaders and gritters.
- Always make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone with you in case of problems.
- Carry extra warm clothes and blankets in the car. Some food snacks are a good idea too. You may be delayed for a long time, and should you break down you can’t rely on the car to keep you warm.
- Always use recommended products to remove the ice from your windscreen. Using hot water could result in your windscreen shattering.
Out On Foot
Avoid Slippery Surfaces
Dress for the Weather
If you are venturing outside on foot a key part of your winter safety is to ensure that both adults and children are dressed for the weather. Here’s how to go about it:
- Wrap up in a hat, scarf and gloves. Mittens are best as they keep your hands warmer than gloves with fingers.
- Wear wind and water resistant coats and boots to avoid getting wet. Once you are wet you will start to feel the winter chill much faster.
- Wear layers. Choose several layers of loose fitting clothing and ensure that you sleeves fit closely around your wrists.
- If you start to feel too warm remove one of your layers, your body’s heat loss will rise if you start sweating.
With the UK being one of the world’s worst countries for dealing with extreme weather, it is important that you make your own preparations for cold spells where possible.
The statistics are scary:
- 8,000 extra deaths for every one degree Celsius the temperature is below the winter average.
- An estimated 40,000 more people die between December and March each year.
Follow our winter safety tips, don’t be a statistic. Let us know in the comments what your biggest winter safety concerns this season.