As the colder weather draws in and brings freezing temperatures, snow, ice and a whole host of other things that can make your daily life that little bit more complicated it is important to be vigilant about your safety and security. Our winter safety tips include things you can do for your doors and windows, your home, your car and how to keep yourself safe during the winter of 2020.
Winter Safety Tips for your Windows and Doors
Keeping your windows and doors in good nick is vital over the winter as any drafts can be fatal and getting locked out in the freezing cold is no fun game!
Draught proof your windows and doors
- Weather Stripping: Weather Strips are an easy and inexpensive way to help prevent the drafts entering your home. The simplest type consists of a roll of foam with a sticky backing that you simply stick to where it needs to be.
- Door Sweep: A Door Sweep fits to the bottom of your door and helps seal the gap between the door and the threshold. This allows less heat to escape as well as protecting it from other things such as dust and insects.
- Draught Excluder: Another simple, easy and effective way to keep draughts entering your home is to add a draught excluder. This is just a long, rectangular cushion that you place at the bottom of your doors.
Changes in the weather can cause your doors to expand and contract and prevents your door from working as it should. It may be a case that your hinges need loosening or tightening but it is always best to call a professional in to ensure you don’t accidentally put your security at risk.
- Frozen Locks: Over the winter, more moisture enters your locks and if it is cold enough cause them to freeze. Never put hot water on your doors or locks in the winter, unfreeze them with a lighter or hairdryer if you can!
- Dirt in Locks: Another reason your locks might be faulty is due to a build-up of dirt inside the lock. You can attempt to take the lock off to clean it yourself but only if you feel capable to as you do not want to damage your lock and leave your home vulnerable to break-ins or void your home insurance. If you need a Locksmith find your local Locksmith here!
Winter Safety Tips for your Home
Spending a few minutes to check over the security of your home for the winter period will save you a whole lot of hassle further down the line should something go wrong.
- Locate your stop tap: so you can turn it off should your pipes freeze and burst.
- Bleed your radiators: if you have noticed that your radiators are getting hot at the bottom but not at the top it is time to bleed your radiators.
- Gutters and Drains: Clear your gutters and drains to prevent flooding and damp issues.
- Pipes: add lagging to your exposed pipes to prevent them from freezing over, including your outdoor taps.
- Roof: check your roof over for any damages to prevent leaks and draughts.
- Carbon monoxide: with your boiler working much more than it did in the summer months it is a good idea to check on your carbon monoxide levels. Find out about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide alarms here!
Winter Safety Tips for your Vehicle
Your vehicle needs a little bit of extra attention during the cold months and so does your attention to the roads when travelling. Take a look at our top vehicle winter safety tips below:
- Lights: ensure all of your lights are in good working order, as you’ll need them more often. If don’t know already, located your fog light for when visibility is bad.
- Tyres: check your tyre tread depth, look for damages in the tyres and add snow chains where necessary.
- Exhaust Pipe: clear any snow or debris from your exhaust pipe. A blocked exhaust pipe can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Fuel, Oil & Water: check the levels of each of these. Insufficient levels can cause freezing over, talking of which add anti-freeze to your windscreen wash!
- Emergency Kit: add or replenish an emergency kit to your vehicle. Your emergency kit can be life-saving if you are stuck on a cold, snowy night. It should include water, snacks, a blanket, and change of clothes, first aid kit, torch, batteries and a phone charger.
- Heaters: ensure your heaters are working in your vehicle, not only to keep you warm whilst travelling but to clear your windshield when condensation builds.
- Travelling: plan your journey well ahead of time, check the weather reports and stick to the main roads where they will have more than likely been gritted where needed.
Keeping yourself safe over the winter period is just as important as all the other factors we have mentioned. Remember the following during the next few months:
- Hypothermia: to avoid hypothermia try to keep your body warm by moving about regularly, drink lots of warm drinks, eat substantial meals and wear lots of thin layers to keep your body temperature over 35 degrees. Remember to check in on your elderly loved ones and neighbours over this period as they are more susceptible to hypothermia and at a higher risk of death.
- Snow and ice: avoid paths where snow and ice are more prevalent such as alleyways and short cuts, it is not worth slipping over and injuring yourself.
- Covid-19: it is vital that we all do our bit to keep the spread of infection under control. The virus has a higher spread rate over the winter as more people are likely to be sneezing and coughing from colds and flu. Remember hands, face, space.
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