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Cold Snap on it's way! Tips to stay safe and warm

YELLOW Cold-Health Alert - (Cold weather response) has been updated for the South East and is in effect between 06/01/2024 at 09:00 and 09/01/2024 at 12:00.

With the approach of colder weather, and the winter chill tightens its grip, many regions are bracing for an approaching cold snap. With temperatures plummeting, it's essential to prioritise warmth and safety.

Effective strategies to keep warm during the cold snap and highlight the valuable services provided by organisations like West Berkshire Draught Busters.

Keeping warm and well, staying safe in cold weather infographic

  1. Dress in Layers: One of the best ways to stay warm in cold weather is to layer your clothing. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your skin, add an insulating layer for warmth, and finish with a waterproof and windproof outer layer to protect against the elements.

  2. Seal Gaps and Leaks: Drafts can significantly impact the temperature inside your home. Check for gaps around windows, doors, and other openings, and seal them with weatherstripping or caulking.

  3. West Berkshire Draught Busters ( offers valuable services to help identify and eliminate drafts, ensuring your home stays cosy and energy-efficient.

  4. Utilise Heating Devices: Make the most of heating devices, such as electric blankets, space heaters, and heated blankets. Ensure they are in good working condition, and follow safety guidelines to prevent accidents. Keep in mind that space heaters should never be left unattended.

  5. Maintain Your Heating System: Regular maintenance of your heating system is crucial during a cold snap. Schedule a professional inspection to ensure your heating system is operating efficiently. Change filters regularly to improve air circulation and warmth.

  6. Stay Active: Physical activity generates body heat, so try to stay active even in the colder months. Whether it's a brisk walk, indoor exercises, or household chores, staying active can help you stay warm and boost your overall well-being.

  7. Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Eating well and staying hydrated are essential for maintaining body temperature. Consume warm beverages and hearty, nutritious meals to provide your body with the energy it needs to combat the cold.

  8. Plan for Power Outages: Cold snaps can sometimes lead to power outages. Have a backup plan, including emergency supplies like blankets, flashlights, and non-perishable food items. Consider investing in a portable generator for additional peace of mind.

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