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Keep warm, keep safe

Posted on 2 March 2018

A cold snap can provide loads of fun snow to play in, but it can also be dangerous. So when you’re done building snowmen and sledging down the hill, why not take in our top tips for keeping you and your family warm and safe in a cold snap.

Lots of Layers!

It may feel like a given but layers really are key to keeping warm. Remember that it is better to wear lots of thin layers than one thick one as you want to trap the heat between each layer of clothing. Our Canadian friends recommend avoiding cotton and sticking to wool or fleecy clothing, So layer up and remember there’s no such thing as too many clothes.

Don’t forget your socks

If you work outside, our top tip is to bring an extra pair of socks with you. Drying off your feet and changing socks in the middle of your day will make a huge difference. This tip applies even if you don’t work outside. Don’t underestimate how toasty a fresh pair of socks can make you

Alternative heating

Don’t forget that hot water bottle, something so simple can make a big difference to your toastiness.

As well as hot water bottles you could use heated blankets or space heaters (just remember not to put anything flammable within 3 feet of a space heater). These can help keep your bedroom balmy (just don’t leave that space heater on while you’re sleeping).

Put the heating on

The NHS recommends keeping your home at 18 degrees as a minimum if you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease.

It’s also advised to bleed your radiators to get rid of any cold spots and to check your boiler’s pressure to make sure everything is working as it should.

Winter Fuel and Cold Weather payments

If you are worried about the cost of using your heating a little more than normal, you may be eligible to receive a winter fuel or cold weather payment. Those eligible are usually paid the winter fuel payment automatically but if you haven’t received it and think you might be eligible, take a look at the Gov website to find out what you need to do.

You will find all the information about these payments on the Gov website:

Winter Fuel Payment

Cold Weather Payment


Don’t forget to check in on any elderly neighbours, friends or family you may have. They may be struggling to keep themselves warm in this weather so it’s worth popping round to make sure they’re ok.


If you’re cold outside, your pet will be too. They may have a furry coat but that won’t protect them in extreme cold. Give them a treat and let them stay inside during cold weather, make sure you have cosy places for them to sleep and give them plenty of food and water.  

Bonus tip: Cat litter to help your car out of the snow

If you’re having trouble getting your car out of the snow, here’s a handy tip for you. Carry a bag of non-clumping cat litter with you. The litter will create a rocky surface that your tyres can grab on to and help you get out when it’s icy.


So stay safe out there in the cold and if you have an emergency, click here to see our emergency FAQs

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