In reply to Hmm - might be interested in by Penny
Winter warning - time to prepare.
The Beeb site has an article on exceptional glacial melting going on right now making the 2012 records show that something really different is under way. Some scientists believe wetter summers and colder winters could accompany this and judging from last year perhaps we should all take note and make sure we are as safe and comfortable as possible this winter. For my part I have been paying particular attention to future and existing wood based heating systems to make sure that in the event of a power cut there will be a base line of heating and cooking facilities. In particular systems with electric circulation pumps are vulnerable to power cuts and I now have a standard addition to circuits to make everything work. Apart from that I've started a list of things that might be life savers in the event of a prolonged snow in with possible power cuts.Please add if you see any gaps.Stock up on tinned food, pasta and bottled waterextra pet foodStack a stash of wood near or in the house - 3 weeks worthBuy a battery charger for the car and plan how it will be connected.Get diesel additive before it runs outtop up gas tank pellets etcbuy a snow shovelorder a load of DVDs and booksbuild up wine stocks.candles, torchestilley lamp - Coleman petrol lamp is fantastic.get good footwear - bootstop up mobile phone