10 Things You Must Do To Protect Yourself From Winter 2018

The Beast from the East combined with Storm Emma is bad news for Britain. With the temperatures in the UK having plummeted down to -5⁰C at times this week, let us explore the 10 things you must do to protect yourself from the Cold.

 

10 Things You Must Do To Protect Yourself From Winter 2018

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Extra Blankets

Make sure you have plenty of extra blankets. Warmth is necessary to survive in cold weather and you cannot rely on your central heating system alone to keep you going.

Infants & Elderly

Attend to the needs of the infants and elderly by planning ahead. Often in extreme winter cases, it is difficult to leave the home.

Emergency Supplies

Update your emergency supply kits including battery-operated radio and flashlights. I know it may seem old-fashioned with smart-phones being able to compensate for most things, you can never be too careful. Especially if the electricity goes out.

Home Preparation

Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.

You should also insulate your water pipes during cold weather to avoid freezing. The last thing you want is to not have running water for your home.

Pets & Neighbours

Move family pets indoors or somewhere they don’t have to face the harshness of a blizzard or extreme temperatures. It would also be a good idea to check up on your neighbours, especially the elderly or those who are vulnerable.

Outdoor Heating

Do not bring outdoor heating devices into the home, such as barbecues and other cooking equipment or other fuel burning devices.

Winter Wear

If heading out, wear several layers of loose fitted, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. This allows the build-up of insulation and provides more protection.

The outer layers should be water proof. You should wear a hat, cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs, and wear mittens as they are warmer than gloves.

Hypothermia & Frostbite

Skin discoloration and numbness symptoms of frostbite. Confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and shivering are signs of possible hypothermia. If you know someone experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Long-Term Exposure

In the case of long-term exposure to freezing temperatures, wet clothing should be removed. Warm fluids and a blanket should be applied immediately.

Travelling in Car

Drive only if it is absolutely necessary and travel only in the day. You should avoid travelling alone. Keep others informed of your schedule, stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.

Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

 

If you are feeling run-down  and can’t get out this winter but are in need of cold and flu supplies, make sure you check out the cold section in our online pharmacy store to have your medication delivered to your door.

 

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