Christmas is a time for joy, happiness and general merrymaking. As well as those awkward conversations where you need to work out what gifts to buy. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of things that can go wrong, many of which can be preempted. Christmas comes with biting cold weather. Weather which can have an adverse effect on your home and your life.
Here are some tips which will help you better prepare for the rigors of the cold this winter.
Get Your Car’s Battery Tested
Get your car’s battery tested before winter starts. It happens too often, you get in your car, turn the key and nothing happens. Get your battery tested before winter by an approved tester or do it yourself, this way you can avoid any nasty surprises. It is also worth topping up your fluids to ensure they do not freeze. Getting your car serviced prior to winter means this is done for you, and it also means your tires are checked, meaning you get the right tread and grip for the winter roads.
Check Your Pipes
Your home is also at risk in the cold weather. Pipes can freeze as the temperature drops leaving you with no running water, heating or drainage. If it does happen, here’s some advice on how to best deal with it. Better still, why not take preemptive action and have the pro’s take a look, this way you won’t have to worry about a frozen drain pipe come winter.
Make sure you wrap up warm, the cold affects you as well as your possessions. Temperatures can drop incredibly fast and you don’t want to be caught out in the cold with nothing on but a flimsy fleece. Don’t forget your gloves and hat, these will help stave off the bitter cold for a while longer.
Know the Dangers of Cold Weather
The cold is known to affect your health in a number of ways, ranging from migraines to depression. You need to act on any issues before they become real problems. Here’s a handy guide on the damage that cold can inflict on your body. The cold can turn small niggling issues into something far worse, so call into your pharmacy and remedy any issues before they become more serious.
Wear Proper Shoes
Make sure you’re wearing the correct footwear. People slip on ice all the time, and it ranges from wounded pride to serious issues involving major bone breakages and even death. Wearing the correct footwear in the ice is paramount, especially if you work outside.
Update Your Homeowners Insurance
Don’t hold back on home buildings insurance. The winter brings fierce winds with the biting cold, trees can fall onto your house and cause structural damage as well as severe rainfall leading to flooding. Choose wisely and check the small print, a small outlay now could save you a hefty sum in the long run.
Winter can be a great time for all if enjoyed properly, by following some of these simple points you can be sure you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!