Stay safe and warm when ice grips and the roads become treacherous
FORECASTERS are predicting a respite after the recent snow and icy temperatures – but you can expect to be pulling on plenty of layers and your big boots again any time soon.
So, when the mercury plummets once more, it is important to ensure you, your car and your home are prepared for harsh weather.
Keeping, and staying, safe and warm becomes the key concern for all of us. Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies during periods of extreme cold.
And, if the weather takes a real turn for the worse, only set off on a journey by car if it is really necessary. Perhaps consider working from home if possible, or make alternative arrangements if you were due to visit relatives or friends.
If you plan to use a real fire or wood stove for heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. It is also vital to get boilers and gas fires serviced annually.
Check smoke detectors are working and, for extra safety, install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near areas to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice-yearly.
Our ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age and older people are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. If you are over 65, place an easy-to-read thermometer in your home and check the temperature often during the winter months.
Weatherproof your home as much as possible by adding weather-stripping, insulation, insulated doors and storm windows or thermal-pane windows. Insulate water pipes that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
And don't think Mr Burglar will be put off by the cold, so always make sure your house is secure.
One Derby company offering a specialist lock service is Snap Secured Solutions, in Brisbane Road, Mickleover.
Its staff are available to replace Euro profile cylinder locks, fitted to most UPVC, composite, steel and aluminium doors in the UK and susceptible to being snapped off by thieves or opened using a special "bump key", with new high-security locks.
For more details, call 01332 229221 or 07527444612.
Finally, if you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide a shelter and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.