Cold Weather Advice
Follow these tips to keep your family warm and well in extremely cold weather
- Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block draughts
- Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly keeps energy levels up during the winter
- Keep active in your home if you can
- Wear several layers of light, warm clothes
- Keep your main living room at around 18-21 degrees C (65-70 degrees F) and the rest of your house at least 16 degrees C (61 degrees F). If you can't heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.
- Have your heating and cooking appliances checked
- Get financial support. There are grants, benefits and sources available to make your home more energy efficient, improve heating or help with bills
Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery. Take extra care if you go out and wear boots or shoes with good grip on the soles. The Met Office advises putting grit or cat litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping. It adds that you should wait until the roads have been gritted if you're travelling by car.
The Highways Agency offers useful advice on preparing your vehicle and planning your journey during severe weather.
Bear in mind that black ice on pavements might not be clearly visible, and that compacted snow may turn to ice and become slippery. Advice on how to clear ice and snow from paths and cycleways can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Ice, Ice Safety
Road safety tips from Nottinghamshire Police!
Stop, decelerate and listen. Ice is back affecting road conditions.
From the early morning battle with a layer on your windscreen to the hidden stuff on the roads, get your vehicles ready for winter now.
Criminals love the cold weather and they are savvy to people’s routines. Follow some simple crime prevention advice when defrosting your car windows so you don’t get caught out in the cold.
Never leave your car unattended with the ignition running, even if you are nipping up the driveway to close the garage. Keep hold of your keys tightly — thieves are out both daily and nightly.
Fog and icy road conditions should also be on your radar now. In the morning when you are battling ice on your windscreen, why not check out your fog lights while your heaters dissolve it?
A bit of forward planning goes a long way. Set your alarm 15 minutes early so you have time to sit with your car as it warms up and then have a bit more time to make your journey.
Never set off before your windows have completely cleared, as this obscures your vision. Drive to the conditions of the road and keep your distance behind the vehicle in front.
Most importantly, take your time. It’s better to get there late, than never.