Health and Wellbeing
Stay safe and well during severe weather
Posted on: 1 March 2018
The Met Office has issued a Red warning for south west England and Wales with severe weather conditions and widespread disruption predicted.
Follow the advice below to stay safe and well during the freezing conditions.
- Live updates on road conditions are available via the @DevonAlert Twitter account.
- Avoid unnecessary journeys. Our winter travel advice provides information for safe driving and more advice is available from the AA and the RAC.
- Check out any school closures and sign up to school closure alerts.
- NHS Choices has information on staying safe during very cold weather.
- Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming.
- Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed.
- Drive with care and according to the conditions.
- If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, think about how they could possibly be helped through the cold spell.
- Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long-term illness or are 65 or over. NHS Choices has more information on staying healthy during cold weather.
- Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions and ensure you are stocked with food and medications.
- If you have to travel, carry additional warm clothing/footwear, food, drink, a charged mobile phone; ensure your vehicle has a full tank of fuel, and all fluids are topped up.
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