- Preparing for Winter - 2012 (0.16 Mb)
Keeping Warm, Safe and Well during the Winter
Ensure that you stay healthy during winter. Annually, there are an estimated 25,400 excess deaths mostly linked to circulatory and respiratory diseases.
Remember the needs of friends, elderly relatives and neighbours who could be at risk during the cold weather. Winter and the cold weather it brings are a source of worry to many older people and those at risk of complications.
Preparing for winter and following some simple suggestions can help people stay healthy‚ safe and as comfortable as possible.
The Department of Health Keep Warm Keep Well campaign offers the following tips to help people stay healthy during winter:
- Heat homes to the right temperature (18-21 C or 64-70 F). Get financial support including grants, to make homes more energy efficient.
- Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep the body warm.
- Get a flu jab.
- Look after yourself and others during winter to make sure that they are safe and well
There are a number of simple things you can do to help you and your family keep warm, healthy and safe through the cold weather - as well as saving money.
- Check that pipes are adequately lagged
- Check that you know where your stop tap is located
- Find out if you are entitled to grants and subsidies for home heating and insulation
- Check you have had your flu jab if you are aged 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person
- Check you have well-gripping shoes to prevent falls in cold weather; wear several layers of clothes to stay warm; and remain active in your home
- Good hand hygiene can help prevent the spread of norovirus
- Check that you know where to find traffic and travel information
- Check local and national weather forecast and keep up to date with the latest warnings
- Check that you have an emergency kit available in your car
- Check you know who might need help in your community area in really bad weather
- Sign up for weather warnings on the Met Office website
- Check whether you are at risk of flooding and sign up for free flood warnings by visiting the Environment Agency's website
In extreme winter weather conditions, Essex County Council has the responsibility for spreading salt and grit on the main roads in the Borough. Brentwood Borough Council's street care team will treat and clear pavements in high footfall areas where possible.
Further information can be found on the Winter Plan web page.
Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself
Anyone can clear snow and ice from the pavement outside their home or public spaces to prevent slips and falls. Follow the Snow Code to clear snow and ice safely.
In times of severe weather, we will prioritise the collection of domestic waste:
- 1. Residual and food waste collections: In order to avoid any build up of unhealthy materials
- 2. Recycled goods and glass: Easier for householders to store without health implications
- 3. Garden waste: Lower priority materials/natural vegetation
- 4. Bulky Household Waste: Low priority waste that can be rescheduled for collection when weather conditions improve
Get wise in winter
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has launched a campaign to encourage people to learn when to use 999, give advice on health and wellbeing, point people in the right direction of more appropriate NHS services, and to urge people to plan and prepare for the more serious wintry conditions.