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.
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- 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.
- It used to be advised to leave one tap running very slowly if you fear water freezing, however nowadays experts say this may compound the problem. So instead here are some things you can do:
- If you have an attic with tanks leave the trap door open to allow heat to rise there.
- Keep a separate supply of fresh drinking water in case a water pipe freezes or bursts due to the freezing weather.
- Any dripping water taps should also be fixed.
- Cover or seal any gaps under doors and around windows as cold air coming from outside can cause pipes to freeze inside a home.
- Open doors to unheated areas of your home to allow warm air to circulate, this can prevent pipes and tanks from 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.
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