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Whats your worst fear during cold weather and why?

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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.

jalopy Thu 17-Jan-13 19:39:24

Without a doubt, driving. I wont go any near my car. I hate seeing cars stuck or slliding out of control up and down roads.

colditz Thu 17-Jan-13 19:40:03

Running out of gas and not being able to fetch any more.

ElvisIsKing Thu 17-Jan-13 19:41:01

Having to take the kids out in the snow Because That's What You Do, because it's bloody freezing!

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 17-Jan-13 19:42:09


last year it took me hours to get to work in blizzard conditions and i was skidding all over the place.

im off work at min and im so bloody thankful.

DameFanny Thu 17-Jan-13 19:42:47

Skidding, because I've got a dodgy hip and it hurts. And yes I skidded today. Ow. Ow. Ow.

rosiesmartypants Thu 17-Jan-13 19:44:18

My dad falling over...he fell 2 years ago and hit his head in the snow, because he just HAD to get to the corner shop to get his daily rag newspaper!

mankyscotslass Thu 17-Jan-13 19:45:38

Running out of toilet paper. grin

ARightOldPickle Thu 17-Jan-13 19:45:47

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.

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

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

My mum having a fall

Ds getting ill and having to go to hospital

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.

denialandpanic Thu 17-Jan-13 20:33:34

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

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

having to have the kids off school

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Driving, it terrifies me.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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