Tips to Surviving Winter Weather

2010 saw one of the worst winters in the past 70 years, with severe weather conditions literally grinding the UK to a halt. The main reason that the snow caused so much trouble was that the people and businesses of the UK were simply not prepared for such severe weather. Although the same conditions are not expected again this year, that does not mean you cannot be prepared.

By putting in the effort in advance, you can ensure that you are as prepared as possible should the weather take a turn for the worse. Follow these simple tips and ensure that you are ready this winter.

The first thing you should do is ensure that you have a list of emergency phone numbers. This should include numbers for your gas, electricity and other utility services. This will come in handy should you experience any trouble or disruption in your normal service. You should also make a list of friends and relatives that may be able to help should you run into any trouble. Keep these numbers together and in a safe, easy to located place.

Next you should stock up on essential supplies. One big problem last year was the limited supply of rock salt and grit. This lead to horrendous road conditions and any people being unable to leave their driveways let alone reach the main roads. Luckily this year many shops and businesses have stocked up on rock salt and are selling it to the public. Buy a few sacks of rock salt and keep it dry in your garage or home. This will allow you to tackle any hazardous ice blocking your driveway. You should also buy a large shovel as this will come in handy when removing snow and ice that is causing a nuisance. It is also advisable to keep a shovel in the boot of your car; this will be extremely beneficial should you run into any trouble when out and about.

Another good tip is to stock up on essential food items such as bread, milk and foods that can be frozen or easily stored for a long time. Often when the snow comes you will find that stock in supermarkets plummet. This is due to people panicking at the last moment. By preparing in advance, you can ensure that your larder is heath, your cupboards are full and your fridge well stocked.

If you have an open fireplace, ensure that you have enough coal or wood to see you through the winter period. If not then it may be advantageous to buy an electric heater or generator. An electric heater will come in handy should your gas system fail. Mean while a generator will help should you experience any complete loss of power.

The key to surviving the winter weather is preparation. Stock up on supplies such as rock salt, snow tools and food. Have emergency numbers and contacts ready. Follow these simple steps and be prepared for whatever weather comes this winter.

Donald Simpson is a car fanatic, he owns a garage that offers a range of services, as well as cheap van hire in Edinburgh and the Lothians. In his spare time he writes a blog and likes to share his knowledge and experience with his followers.