(PRWEB) February 07, 2012
With some experts suggesting the UK could be in for a harsh cold snap over the coming weeks, whatishealthandsafety.co.uk has urged households to make sure they aren’t caught short by stocking up on a few essentials.
According to the editor of the site, Matt Hornsby, many people only realise they are unequipped for snow and ice each year at the very last minute – and still fail to do anything about it. “It it evident every winter,” he explained, “homeowners wake up one morning and are surprised to see everything covered in ice and snow. It’s only then that they realise they don’t even have a decent snow shovel to dig the car out of the driveway!”
“It’s silly really because the same thing happens every 12 months and many of us still leave ourselves open to these issues. This winter has been fortunate for people stepping into the great outdoors with the weather so far this winter, but now people are saying there could be a big chill on the way. Without a doubt, now is the time to act.”
In line with the advice, whatishealthandsafety.co.uk has listed a few winter products that no household should be without when a cold snap finally hits.
There’s nothing worse than waking up and realising that the car out of the snow, but a decent snow shovel should make the job easier. Compact models are also available that can fit snugly in the boot of a car.
A bout of ice can be pretty tricky, but it can also be very dangerous and lead to serious injury, so invest in a bag of de-icing salt and a salt spreader to de-ice roads and paths quickly. Also, pick up some windscreen de-icer too as chipping away at a car in the freezing cold is a chore no-one enjoys!
It isn’t just snow that can be a worry in winter, so keep water out of the house with some decent quality sandbags. Sandbags can also be ideal to any homes that are prone to flooding, these can act as an excellent form of control and will help protect the house from the elements. Sandbags should last for a few years, so invest now for the future.
Every year, people throw away cash by not making sure their houses are insulated properly. Cavity wall and roof insulation is costly, but worth it, however one cheaper alternative is to block off any drafty doors with a draft excluder. It can be bought for next to nothing, or get together with the kids to make one!
“These few items could make life easier, safer and cheaper over winter,” concluded Hornsby, “I hope people take this advice and don’t get caught out by harsh conditions.”