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Cold Weather Preparedness

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MetOffice advice on Winter Preparedness

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Staying Safe In Snow


Cold and snow
Winter weather can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds. Cold and snow create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning/utility failure and heart attacks from overexertion.

Cold weather and snow can last for several days or even weeks, causing travel disruption, damage to power lines and water supplies, school closures, and risking the health of the elderly and vulnerable. 

How to prepare
Monitor weather reports and warnings. Cold Weather Alerts in England provide a service between 1 November and 31 March each year, issuing alerts when the average temperature is forecast to fall below a certain level and/or for forecasted heavy snow or widespread ice.
'Winterize' your home, if you prepare well, heating your home won’t cost as much;

Insulate pipes

Tyre treads and pressures
Coolant and screen wash levels
Battery condition and wiper blades
Try to keep fuel topped up

Check on neighbours and relatives
Avoid travelling if you can. If unavoidable, check your route before you leave and stay on main routes if you can as these are more likely to have been gritted. Please be aware of untreated stretches.

Further information

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