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It's almost winter! And with that brings magic and joy, but also a certain amount of preparation. Make sure your home life is ready for the weather that the holidays may bring, by ticking off the checklist below.
Before winter hits makes sure that all your home appliances have been serviced and are in working order. If you have an A/C unit makes sure to turn it off and then cover it for protection. Get your oven professionally cleaned ready for all that Christmas baking. Make sure that the boiler has been serviced and that your thermostat is working correctly. If you are going away for the winter, make sure to drain your pipes of all water and put anti-freeze in the toilet. If you decide to drain the pipes before you go away, make sure to leave the furnace on to ensure that the pipes don’t freeze. Before the cold sets in also make sure to clean your gutter of any debris to stop ice building up. Run water through your gutters to make sure all is working smoothly. Use chaulk to fix any cracks in your seals on door frames and windows. This will ensure your house heats better. It will also save on expensive energy bills. Also, make sure that all your outdoor lights are in working order. As darker nights set in you don't want to be fumbling in the pitch black. Invest in energy saving light bulbs if you haven’t already done so.
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Cars And Bikes
Before we well and truly get into winter make sure the car and any bicycles that your family use are in full working order. Make sure you get an MOT for your car if time is running out. And while you are doing that get a full service too. Cars aren’t happy bunnies in ice, snow, and rain so give them the best start by making sure your services are up to date. Also make sure you have anti-freeze, gloves and an ice scraper in the glove compartment. Keep an emergency bag in the boot as well, which includes a cell phone charger, blanket, first aid kit, torch, screen wash, and shovel. And if you are going on long journeys always carry an extra hot drink flask. Make sure your kid's bike tires are pumped and that their helmets are in good working order. Also ensure they have the correct lights and reflective tape to use on their frame, bag, and clothes.
Winter can bring all sorts of bugs and illnesses. And over the holiday's, pharmacy opening hours may be restricted. Make sure your medicine cabinet is fully stocked in case of minor illnesses. While there is no cure for a cold or flu, there are certain medicines that can ease the pain and also herbal cough syrups too.. Make sure you have nasal decongestants, honey, and cough remedies in your cabinet in case anyone comes down with one. Also be sure you have a stock of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Immodium, Paracetamol and Calpol for the kids. And also check that you have plasters, gauze, and bandages in case of any Christmas dinner prep cuts.
Duvets And Pillows
Last but not least, to prepare your home for winter make sure you have extra duvets, blankets and hot water bottles in case the cold really sets in. Also, invest in some extra pillows and toothbrushes in case any guests unexpectedly stay over!