Whats your worst fear during cold weather and why?

(32 Posts)
Madmog Thu 17-Jan-13 16:28:10

Mine is ours and my Mum's boiler breaking down and the implications. Our old boiler broke down 10 times in 10 years, so got paranoid about it. My Mum's boiler packed up on the coldest day in the winter of 2010/11, my husband came home early to get our heaters down to her - there was a snow blizzard at the time, some cars had been abandoned and he doesn't know how he got home safely.

Anyway, our old boiler could not be repaired last November so had a new condensing boiler but am sure I'll be out with the neighbours defrosting the condensing pipe - the two opposite are out 2/3 times a year. What fun.

Madmog Tue 22-Jan-13 10:17:54

My husband also bought snowgrips this week and he says they make a real difference. My daughter and I both have snowboots now as we hate getting cold feet and these are much better than wellies and trainers for grip

ToomuchWaternotWine Thu 17-Jan-13 21:41:21

skyeblue I bought boot grips this year after my fall last year, and I tell you, they are fab. Really grip well and I've not slid in the icy paths yet with them on. Give me a lot of confidence when I'm trying to hang onto Ds with one hand and dog with the other! Best £10 I've spent this year, got them in my local independent hardware store, can't remember brand but they have about 6 "spikes" at the front and 2/3 over the heel. Well worth it for anyone worried about falling.

ToomuchWaternotWine Thu 17-Jan-13 21:37:49

I fell last year, banged head on ice, concussion, vomiting, 3 day headache, the works. I am now very anxious about Ds (fearless 6 year old) doing the same. Our walk to school the last couple of days (no car, no public transport as it is cutting across a rural hilly village on untreated paths) has been horribly stressful with me trying to hold his hand to keep us balanced and him wanting to run off and chuck snow/ice around.

Also worry about boiler/pipes/elec/gas but have good friends and neighbours who would look after us if that happened.

DeafLeopard Thu 17-Jan-13 21:34:38

Skidding - either me falling over on ice as I have dodgy spine; or in car and crashing.

A few years back I got stranded in the snow and had to abandon the car and walk to a hotel for the night at 8 months pregnant, so I hate driving in it.

Greensleeves Thu 17-Jan-13 21:34:23

That it won't snow

or that it will snow and not stick

or worst of all, that it will snow, stick and then melt really quickly blush

Skyebluesapphire Thu 17-Jan-13 21:34:20

I hate driving in it. Especially after last year when I got stuck on ice on a steep hill :-(

I hate walking on ice due to fear of falling over. Every year I mean to buy shoe grips and don't!

weegiemum Thu 17-Jan-13 21:33:22

Falling! I have a neuro disability that affects my balance, I'm terrified of slipping as I cant get up!

Dh driving. He works in a very rural area and the roads can be awful.

kaumana Thu 17-Jan-13 21:32:26

Driving or not being able to. Two years ago in Edinburgh we had a mini ice age. Due to the snow plows I had a 2ft bank of rock hard snow/ice against my car for weeks. Public transport was maintained to an extent but I needed to get somewhere urgently to help someone and couldn't make it sadsad

Wolfiefan Thu 17-Jan-13 21:30:06

X post.
Don't even start me worrying about family and their situation!

Wolfiefan Thu 17-Jan-13 21:29:19

Boiler breaking down so no hot water or heating.
Water freezing.
Electricity cut off.
Falling over.
Crashing car.
Running out of food <unlikely emoticon>
Generally epic style disaster! What was the name of the film? Day After Tomorrow?
I think I have anxiety issues. hmm

PestoFrostissimos Thu 17-Jan-13 21:24:58

My elderly parents live 100 miles away. Mum doesn't drive so she insists on walking down their very steep hill to the shops every day. My dad is laid-up at home following surgery lastl week and still my 80 year old mother (who has a bad knee and osteoporosis and who has broken her wrist 3 times now) ignores the treachorous icy/snowy conditions to risk life and limb to do her unnecessary daily shop. <<rant>>

I am so worried about them, they have no other family or close friends nearby sad

yuleheart Thu 17-Jan-13 21:17:02

Slipping on the ice, falling over and knocking myself unconscious.

I did it once years ago and am absolutely terrified of it happening again.

Hassled Thu 17-Jan-13 21:11:43

Falling over, followed by the boiler breaking. But this year I seem to have a whole new irrational fear of the pipes freezing.

cocolepew Thu 17-Jan-13 21:10:30

Driving, it terrifies me.

Portofino Thu 17-Jan-13 21:08:44

Falling over on ice as I did this yonks back and REALLY hurt my back. Ligaments torn and all.

CPtart Thu 17-Jan-13 21:06:12

They will shut the school on one of the days I work!

akaemmafrost Thu 17-Jan-13 20:56:03

Having to build snowman. It's MUCH HARDER than it looks and not at all fun.

Asthma attack. Cold air is a real trigger for me. Pisses me off angry

nancy75 Thu 17-Jan-13 20:41:30

When we had the last really bad snow my road had an electrical fault that left us with mo electricity and therefor so light or heating for 3 days, it was so cold they sent the red cross round with tea and blankets, so I would have to say loss of power is my biggest fear in bad weather. It really is amazing how cold a house can get after 3 days with no heating at all.

Branleuse Thu 17-Jan-13 20:36:38

having to have the kids off school

just moved to New house in ruralish area.locals keep telling me electricity goes off at slightest snow and that will mean no heating.New build so no fireplace.dp thinks I'm being silly so can't vocalise my frettingshock

digerd Thu 17-Jan-13 20:11:31

My boiler did break down this morning and is only 5 years old. It survived the 2010 winter fine. British gas came quickly to repair it, but it had suddenly come on all by itself after I had reset it 5 times . The condensing trap was clogged, apparently. Dreading it happening tomorrow. Hope it was just the Gremlins, who have gone elsewhere to annoy somebody else.
My worse fear though is to slip and fall outside.

hazeyjane Thu 17-Jan-13 19:46:03

My mum having a fall

Ds getting ill and having to go to hospital

The chickens being frozen to the perch and having to be chiselled off.

Driving. I hate driving in the snow and it actually makes me feel sick to think about getting to work when the weather is bad.

Running out of toilet paper. grin

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