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Heavy Snow and Extreme Cold Weather

Be Prepared

  • Make sure you’ve got enough insulation around your water tanks(s), loft and external water pipes.

  • Check you have de-icer, salt/grit and the necessary tools to keep your home safe and clear of snow.

  • Keep your heating to the right temperature e.g. 18°C/65°F bedroom and 21°C/70°F dayroom.

  • To keep up to date with the latest forecast and for information about cold weather, alerts visit


When cold weather happens


Walking outdoors


  • Wear several layers to avoid losing heat.

  • Cover your head.

  • Keep moving your arms and legs to help the blood circulate.

  • Wear practical footwear that’s warm and has a good grip.

  • Consider using a walking stick to help your balance.



  • Consider whether you really need to make the journey.

  • If snow or ice is forecast, make sure you and your car are fully prepared for the trip:

    • Take warm clothes, food, water, fully charged mobile phone, torch, spade and possibly a reflective jacket.

    • Tell somebody when you expect to arrive and the route you plan to take.

    • Make sure there’s enough screen wash in the vehicle and carry some spare for top-ups.

    • Try to wait for the roads to be treated/gritted before setting off (remember, not all roads will be treated).


In and around your home

  • Keep the paths around property clear of snow by using salt or grit.

  • Knockdown any icicles to prevent them from falling on passers-by.

  • Consider getting together with neighbours to clear footpaths and community areas.

  • Check for health advice and information by visiting the NH website at

  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours to make sure that they are OK.


Check the Highway Code for advice on driving on ice and snow

The main points are:

  • Slow down and allow extra room – it can take 10 times as long to stop in these conditions.

  • If you start to skid, ease gently off the accelerator and avoid braking.

  • If braking is necessary to pump the brakes, don’t slam them on.

  • If you get stuck, stay with your car and tie something brightly coloured to the aerial.

A snowy scene with footprints in slow in foregound and trees in background
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