We have recently seen snow fall across Wales and there is more predicted to be on the way.
If you or an elderly loved-one, friend or neighbour, lives alone, it’s important to always be prepared for adverse weather conditions.
The British weather likes to surprise us, so you may have been caught out by the first flurries, but to ensure you don’t get caught out again, follow our top tips below on preparing for snowy weather:
Stock up on blankets and hot water bottles
Make sure you’ve got plenty of extra blankets on hand to wrap up with. Hot water bottles are also a great idea but take care not to fill them with boiling water.
Get a food shop in
It’s unlikely you’ll be wanting to set foot outside once snow hits, so make sure you are stocked up on bread and milk and other non-perishable foods. You don’t need to go OTT, but enough to see you through a few days will enable you to stay indoors in the warmth.
Eating three meals a day is also a good way to stay warm and gives you energy.
Have your household essentials kit handy
We always suggest our service users have a handy household essentials kit to hand with everything they might need at home, including batteries, a torch and more. Find out more about what to include in your kit here.
We wouldn’t advise elderly and vulnerable people to venture outside in snowy weather as the risk of falls and injury is much higher. Stock up on rock salt or get yourself a shovel and clear walkways for any visitors, such as carers. If you can’t do this yourself, ask a more mobile neighbour or family member.
Make sure alarms are in working order
In the winter, if you light fires, use heaters or lanterns, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases, so make sure your alarms are in working order. Read our blog about the importance of them here and find out more about installing smoke alarms too here.
We’re always prepared for bad weather and will ensure all our service users are reached, despite freezing temperatures and forecasts of snow. Find out more here (link to bad weather news post)