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19 Dec 2016
In the event that your power does go out, you’ll need to source light from somewhere. Stockpile pillar candles (they’re sturdy and less likely to get knocked over) and matches in an easy-to-get-to place so you can grab them in the dark. Place them around the house for light and heat, but remember safety first! For the less adventurous (or for those who don’t want to re-enact a Victorian winter’s evening) make sure you have a couple of torches and plenty of batteries to tide you over until the power is restored.
For commuters – whether you travel by car, by bus, by train or by foot – winter is a tricky time of year. Bad weather can mean chaos on the roads so it’s best to be prepared for anything. Pack a small backpack with some essentials – water, snacks, gloves/hand warmers, first aid kit, torch, an extra jumper, socks – and carry it with you on your commute. It might sound excessive but you never know when you might need it! If you travel by bus, make sure you’re up to date with what’s happening on your service with the live time tracking on the Stagecoach Bus App.
It’s so lovely to sip hot chocolate from the comfort of your armchair as you watch the pretty snowflakes fall. It’s not so lovely when you remember you have to leave the house and venture out, ankle deep, into the snow! Bundle up, grab a shovel and get that path cleared. Why not clear your neighbour’s path, too, as a festive good deed?
Winter is the time when all the nasty bugs come out to play. Whether it’s the common cold, full on flu or, the worst of the worst, man flu, everyone is fair game for the germs. Stock up on cold/flu medicines (if you’re eligible for a flu jab, do it!), hand sanitisers and plenty of tissues. Oh, and chocolate, lots of chocolate (for medicinal purposes, of course).