Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:44 GMT on Saturday, 1st December 2012.
Council releases advice to encourage residents to stay safe and warm at home this winter


NORTH Lanarkshire Council have issued an appeal for the region’s households to stay safe and warm at home this winter.

 

The local authority are urging residents that now is the time to prepare your home for the onset of winter and make sure you and your family are ready, and are encouraging residents to take a few simple steps to help cope with the cold weather and stay safe.

 

In the event of heavy snow or ice, advice from the emergency services is often not to go out unless you have to. So keep a stock of useful items in your home to keep you safe and well for a few days: a supply of bottled water, tinned or frozen food and any baby formula; a torch and spare batteries; any essential medicines; and a first aid kit.

 

Always be prepared for power cuts or other emergencies so make sure you know where to turn off your water supply and keep your spare keys for the house and car handy. It's useful to have copies of important documents, like insurance policies and birth certificates, in case you need to locate them quickly.

 

Council tenants can contact North Lanarkshire Council 24-hours a day in the event of an emergency: to report a repair, call 0800 678 1166; and for gas and solid fuel central heating faults, phone 0845 606 1555.

 

"It's important not to be caught out when bad weather hits us so the council is reminding residents that winter is here and to be ready," said Councillor Sam Love, Convener of the Housing and Social Work Committee.

 

"At the council we are already gritting our roads when needed, and we have plans in place to help the most vulnerable people, like the elderly, in the event of extreme weather. But we should all think ahead and make sure we would be able to cope with a spell of bad weather. So our advice is - don't wait until there's snow and ice outside, get ready for it now."

 

If you're at home for a while and can't heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm throughout the day and heat your bedroom before going to bed. Wearing the right kind of clothes can help keep you much warmer. Layers are best, t-shirts and under clothes to keep the base of your back warm will heat you from the core.

 

Take a few minutes to check on elderly relatives or neighbours who might need help. For example, ask if they need any shopping and clear paths outside their homes. Around 1,500 grit bins are in place around North Lanarkshire to help residents clear their streets and paths.

 

You should carry one or more ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact numbers on your mobile phone or in your wallet or purse. This means emergency responders, like paramedics or police, can contact people who know you, and potentially get important medical information, as quickly as possible.


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