How to prepare for bad weather

In Ireland, we tend to be pretty lucky when it comes to extreme weather – in that we don’t get it very often! Sure it rains a lot, but we’re used to that. That doesn’t mean we aren’t exempt from it though, and since the big freeze of December 2010 when there was a blanket snowfall across the whole of Ireland that lasted nearly 2 months, it started a lot of people thinking about how to prepare for bad weather.

Insulate your pipes

In the cold weather if you haven’t insulated your water pipes properly they can freeze and then burst, which can create total chaos. Make sure you plan some time to do this so that during bad weather your water supply isn’t interrupted.

Rock salt for your driveway

When snow and ice hits, it’s safe to assume the main roads will be gritted making them a bit safer to drive on, but if you can’t even make it out of your driveway in bad weather it’s time to get some salt so that you shovel and grit your way out of there.

Stock up on essentials

Things like bottled water, batteries, a good torch, blankets, candles, matches, medicines, tinned soups and even a gas cooker can be lifesavers when the weather takes a turn for the worse and you lose power. With essentials like these, you’ll be able to eat, drink and keep yourself warm.

Fill your tank

They say preparation is the key, and when it comes to bad weather you need to be prepare to keep your home warm too. Thankfully, you can find cheap home heating oil from at any time of the year, so it’s one less thing to worry about. It’s always good to have a back-up plan should things go wrong in bad weather so if you have a fireplace, make sure you have plenty of dry wood handy to burn.

Cabin fever

You won’t realise how bored you can get when the power goes off and it gets dark at 4pm! Aside from admitting defeat and going to bed at 6pm, it’s not a bad idea to have non-battery operated distractions like books, board games or cards to hand to stave off cabin fever.

Contact details to hand

Have all of your emergency contact details to hand, like the number for the water service, your local hospital, a plumber and your nearest and dearest.  If you have elderly or infirm neighbours, be a good Samaritan and make sure to check in on them too.

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