Beast from the East

The ‘Beast from the East’ is upon us, with light snowfall already this morning and freezing temperatures, things are expected to worsen both locally and across the country. The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning and forecasters and there have already been many train and air travel disruptions.

Children and adults alike are likely to feel excited at the prospect of building snowmen and sledging, but for many especially commuters and the elderly this is sure to be a worrying week ahead. We have put together some practical tips to help you prepare.

  1. Keep informed- stay up to date with the local and national weather forecast. The Met Office website is regularly updated and they have a helpful interactive map detailing the weather warnings.
  1. Protect your property. Pipes are at risk from freezing, simply leave water taps slightly open so they drip continuously. Turn the heating up a few notches to keep your house a little warmer, and if you are going to be away make sure the heating is left on low. Consider topping up on oil or gas if you are not on a mains supply and getting that firewood from the shed now.
  1. Safer motoring – In an ideal world if there is heavy snow, it is generally better to stay off of the roads, but if your tip is necessary stock up on de-icer and make sure your ice scraper is within reach. Check up on levels antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, oil etc. Keep some snacks, water and a blanket in the car. Stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts. .
  1. Be prepared – In case there is a power outage,have the following to hand : mobile phone, torch and candles.
  1. Look after others – Be sure to check on your loved ones and elderly neighbours to see if there is anything they need for the next few days.
  1. Stock up – Consider stocking the cupboards with food and supplies to save unnecessary trips to the supermarket, especially if you live in a remote area.
  1. Stay Warm – It’s time to hunt out those gloves and hats, and layer up. Many warm layers keep you warmer than a few thicker layers.

We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and warm and enjoy the snow!