CHILLING with Wilko

It’s cold outside, with temperatures plummeting and frost, ice and snow. It’s never nice when the weather catches us off-guard, so we’ve pulled together some great value cold weather favourites to help you prepare for the big freeze.

There’s nothing better than getting cosy around the fire on an icy day. Stock up on heating essentials and you won’t be left out in the cold no matter how long the cold spell lasts.

Top tip: Warm air rises to the ceiling, so if you’ve got a ceiling fan, turn it on to it’s lowest setting. It’ll help push the warm air back down to where you can feel the benefit.

Don’t forget animals in the cold weather, either. Give pets extra layers of bedding, and bring them indoors or into a shed if you can. And garden birds will really appreciate extra food when the ground is frozen solid.

Stay safe on the roads when it’s icy. Avoid making journeys if they’re not essential, and if they are, make sure you’re prepared for the worst. Keep warm clothes or a blanket in your boot, along with a small shovel, take water and snacks and make sure your phone’s charged before you set off.