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The predicted January cold snap has sent demand for winter supplies like a used diesel generator through the roof as Brits prepare for the weather to impact their homes and businesses. Despite promises made by local councils to keep gritters on standby 24 hours a day (in some areas they’re supported by all-terrain vehicles, local farmers and even quad bikes) UK residents are taking an active role in safeguarding their domestic comfort and business productivity.

Homeowner Measures

We’ve seen plenty of winters thanks to being a leading used diesel generator suppliers in the UK. After years of fairly moderate winters, it’s great to see people taking a proactive role in making sure their homes and business premises were and are prepared for the worst over the past few years.

County councils and charities across the UK have been urging residents to prepare for the worst before the weather hits. According to organisations like Help the Aged, a key issue facing many homeowners is that they don’t prepare for very cold weather until the day it arrives, something expert advisors warn against. Prepare well and prepare early – that’s the key message.

Public Sector Concerns

Local authorities like Surrey County Council announced they would be sending social workers to visit vulnerable people if the weather turns for the worst. It’s also hoped more neighbours will show concern for one another after the council prompted a greater sense of teamwork during adverse weather conditions like sudden cold snap, snow and flooding.

Various councils have set up specialist websites to help resident and business owners to make the best possible decisions for their situation as the weather rolls in. Advice and information is updated regularly and covers things like which schools will be open/closed, what do if your car begins to slide on ice, bus and other local transport services, how to de-ice a car lock, how to protect water pipes from freezing, and various related bits of information to help homes and businesses make it through poor weather conditions.

Various hospitals have announced the intention to make sure extra beds are available during peak times to meet the likely demand for services. Increased ward rounds to assist in prompt discharges could also help hospitals to cater for patients directly affected by the effects of cold weather.

Community medical staff will be on standby to visit patients in their homes in an attempt to keep admittance numbers down and boost patient comfort. Several hospital trusts have also announced new emergency drills to combat particular weather conditions like heavy snow or ice. Clear priorities for all hospitals are to make sure critical services function at optimum levels, vulnerable patients are helped with cold weather ailments on their on homes, and admittance levels are kept as low as possible.

We carry used diesel generator for sale with UK-based stock, and although the lion’s share of our customer base is made up of commercial clients, we definitely see a spike in domestic interest when cold weather approaches.  Why not contact us now to discuss used generator sales or generator rental.  You might also like to read our blog about new and used generators.