As ‘The Beast from the East’ continues to cause disruption across the UK, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind everyone to stay safe during what promises to be one of the coldest weeks on record.
Here are some tips on how to keep yourself, your family, your friends and your community safe in these harsh conditions:
Fires and heaters
- Always use a fireguard to prevent sparks or hot embers flying from an open fire
- Ensure your fire is out before you go out or go to bed
- Keep portable heaters away from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes. Always unplug electric heaters when you go out or go to bed
- Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket, even if the blanket is switched off
- Unplug blankets before you get into bed, unless they have a thermostat control for safe all-night use
- Don’t leave electric blankets folded as this damages the internal wiring. Store them flat or rolled up instead
- Take it slow – in snow and ice stopping distance can be 10 times greater than in dry conditions.
- Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin
- Drive slowly, allowing extra room to slow down and stop
- Manoeuvre gently, avoiding harsh braking and acceleration
- To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently
- If you start to skid, ease off the accelerator but do not brake suddenly
- Take extra care on untreated roads. Black ice is impossible to see and can cause serious injuries
- Is your journey really necessary? If you have to make the journey, go prepared with an emergency kit and warm clothing. Check the weather forecast before you travel.
Look after each other
The bitter weather can take its toll on some people more than others. If you know someone who is vulnerable or who has mobility problems check in on them to ensure they are safe and well. They may need a helping hand with an errand or may be running low on provisions. Be a Good Samaritan. If you have concerns you could also suggest they request a Safe and Well check from the Fire Service via our website www.westyorksfire.gov.uk
Or call 0800 5874536 to make arrangements.
Safe and Well visits do not just cover fire safety in the home, they also give basic advice on
- Crime prevention
- Falls prevention
- Cold homes
- Smoking cessation
- Social isolation
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