Are you ready for winter weather?

Posted: January 13 2023

Severe winter weather conditions can increase risks to health and affect services.

Are you ready for winter weather?

Some of us are more vulnerable to winter weather than others - such as older people, those that live alone, rough sleepers, and those with existing health conditions. But winter weather affects us all in some way, whether you are running a business, driving, using public transport or want to simply stay warm and avoid winter illness – there’s usually something you can do to be more prepared.

WeatherReady information

Being ready for winter weather can make a real difference. From preparing your home or business to taking care of yourself, your family and neighbours. There are some simple steps you can take to stay safe and healthy at this time of year on the Met Office’s WeatherReady webpages

Some things to consider doing now

Keeping warm - heat your home to at least 18°C, wear lots of thin layers, eat plenty of hot food and drinks

Avoid trips, slips and falls - wear good-fitting slippers with a good grip indoors and shoes with a good grip outside

Check on older neighbours or relatives - especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses to make sure they are safe, warm and well.

If you’re over 50 years and need help staying warm and well during winter check out the ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ leaflet (prepared by Age UK, The NHS and UK Health Security Agency). It contains information on keeping warm, looking after your health and financial support.

Priority Services Register

The Priority Services Register allows eligible customers to access additional help and support with their energy supply. If you or someone in your household has a serious health issue or impairment; are of pensionable age or have a child under five years, make sure you register your details with your supplier.
To apply for UK Power’s Priority Services Register or call free on 0800 169 9970.

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