In some countries, winter is as cold as it can get. It may be the season of snow and chic scarves, but snow storms, excessive cold without warmth and blizzards can be quite a dangerous situation. Here are a few tips to brace yourself for the snowy winter.
The wardrobe change
Put all your summer clothes down the basement and stock up with gloves and warm woolly clothing. Layering is one of the best ways to keep yourself from frost bites and hypothermia, where immediate medical help must be given if it occurs. Depending on the degree of the weather you will have to cover up. In some places, winter isn’t as cold as the other. Avoid wearing any damp or wet clothes that aren’t fully dried after washing because it’s insulating value decreases.
Winter proofing the house
As the cold and harsh weather can do some serious damage to the interior and exteriors of your home, be sure to get it ready for the season. If you already have central heating, revamp and check it before switching it on. Having such a feature in the house is a positive point as it saves your health and home. Make sure you check on any holes and spaces on the roof top and get it mended as soon as possible. Any small dent in the roof can cause serious issues if a snowstorm occurs. Cut off any loose branches off the trees that could damage or cause harm. Check on the loft and wall cavities and ensure that they are well insulated before the start of winter as all the servicing is expensive during it.
Prepping the kitchen
Stock up with comfort food and one pot dish ingredients. Throw out all the ice-cream boxes and frozen items and pack precooked meals to heat up and eat. Stocking up on meats, pulses and other items will save you from having to run out on a cold snowy day. Cooking can be a great way to warm yourself up if you use a gas stove. The warmth from the central heating Auckland in a will keep you warm while your stir up the meals. Ensure that the water pipes connection to the kitchen are covered/wrapped in order to prevent them from freezing, which can later burst and flood the system.
Driving in winter time
Driving may not seem as such a hazard during this season, but unknown to many, most car accidents occur during the winter season in some countries. Always maintain a steady and slow pace when driving. As the snow/rain tends to get slippery, a speedy ride can be dangerous. Make sure that the vehicle has plenty of fuel all the time just in case you cannot make it to a station. The batteries in cars tend to run down on its functioning, so get it checked and replaced if necessary. Apart from this, testing the lights, wiper blades and tyres will also help.