Living in Ireland we don’t experience extreme cold or snowy weather very often. So here are some Winter Safety Tips for Families to help you survive a cold snap.
- Have a good supply of essential medication, some bottled water, some basic rations and batteries or candles.
- Insulate your attic pipes, but not the space under your water storage tank. Don’t leave your attic door open to keep your attic warm. Insulate a box around your water storage tank instead.
- Leave one tap running very slowly if you fear water freezing.
Going outside with the kids
You can still have a lot of fun in the cold weather, just follow these tips:
- Dress in layers, your child will probably need one more layer than you are wearing yourself to keep warm.
- Pay special attention to the head, hands and feet.
- Going for a brisk walk, say over 15 minutes, will make you feel warmer even in very cold weather.
- The special shoe grips that make it easy to walk on snowy, icy ground are widely available. Invest in a pair, but be careful they will wear out quickly if you walk on cleared pavements, and will damage floors if you wear them indoors. Maybe just pack a spare pair of shoes if you find removing and replacing them a chore.
Driving in Winter
- Ignore the salt with the special packaging in your local garage and throw a bag of dishwasher salt from Aldi or Lidl in the boot instead.
- A shovel might come in handy too, for clearing deep snow before using the salt
- Keep a spare warm coat in the car, just in case.
- For long journeys, pack a warm drink and some snacks.
- In Canada, people commonly carry a few tea lights and some matches in the glove box. It’s a useful heat source in a broken down car.
Have you any winter safety tips? Share them with us in the comments below.