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Staying Safe and Healthy this Winter

10th December 2012

With the colder weather here to stay for the next few months here are some ideas for things you can do to ensure you stay safe and healthy this winter and over the festive season.

 Winter Fire Safety

  • Fit a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it every week.
  • Be careful when using an open fire; make sure you use a fireguard.
  • Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained; if you have not already done so make arrangements for the chimneys in your home to be cleaned by a professional chimney sweep.
  • Make sure you have a CO detector when using solid fuel or gas fired heating appliances
  • Never use portable heaters to dry clothes and keep them away from furnishings.
  • Be careful when using an electric blanket, store it flat or loosely rolled up to prevent damage to the internal wiring.
  • Don’t leave candles unattended and place them in secure holders away from flammable objects such as curtains.
  • If you think someone you know is at an increased risk from fire consider booking a home fire safety visit for them.

 When Celebrating

  • If you have guests staying overnight inform them of the best route to escape just in case.
  • If you’re having a firework display make sure everyone stands well back and never go back to a lit firework, even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.
  • Unplug festive lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Never leave cooking unattended, it’s easy to get distracted in a crowded house.

Driving Safely

  • Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the weather, stock up on screen wash and de-icer
  • If you’re going on a long journey consider taking warm clothes, a shovel, a blanket, a torch, food and drink.
  • Always drive for the conditions, if the weather is really bad consider if your journey is really necessary.

Generals Tips

  • Check on elderly neighbours, they may require extra help during the colder weather, perhaps you could test their smoke alarms for them whilst you’re there.
  • Contact your GP to find out about getting a flu jab (they are free for certain groups of people).
  • Find out if you are entitled to a grant under the Warm Front Scheme to improve the heating or insulation in your home.
  • Check if you qualify for cold weather payments.
  • Lag your pipes to prevent them bursting in cold weather.
  • Keep a battery operated light or torch handy in the event of a power cut or failure.
  • Consider helping neighbours by clearing snow and ice from their paths, but do so carefully.
  • Clear your gutters and drains to stop them getting blocked.

Contact Information

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service www.northyorksfire.gov.uk

North Yorkshire County Council www.northyorks.gov.uk

City of York Council www.york.gov.uk/

Get Ready for Winter www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter

Cold Weather Payments www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment/overview

Warm Front Scheme https://www.gov.uk/warm-front-scheme/overview

Winter Health Advice www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/

Road Safety advice www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter/out-and-about

 

 

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