Residents urged to prepare for the chance of snow
HIGH PEAK residents are being urged to get prepared with the chance of more snow throughout Derbyshire in the days ahead.
The county council’s gritter drivers will be out helping to keep the county’s roads clear, working alongside a team of farmers and other contractors drafted in to help cover extra roads where needed.
District and borough councils will be clearing pavements in town centres and volunteer snow wardens from more than 60 town and parish councils will also be out helping to keep pavements and public spaces clear in their communities.
There are some simple steps residents can take to make sure they stay safe and well during the cold snap too.
• Make sure you’ve stocked up with any medication you may need and other supplies such as food and baby milk if needed.
• Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active at home if you can.
• Keep your home warm. Your main living room should be between around 18-21C (65-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F).
• Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.
• Be a ‘snow buddy’. Check on older neighbours and relatives to make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, with plenty of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out.
• Keep a list of contacts you may need such as a plumber if pipes burst, an electrician and other useful numbers. To find legitimate traders visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/trustedtrader.
• Keep an eye out for bogus officials who may call door-to-door without an appointment claiming to be from heating supply or other companies checking for problems caused by the cold weather. Always check the identity of callers to your home and if in doubt call the police.
• If you’re using a portable heater, make sure it has a safety guard and it’s placed away from furniture, beds or curtains.
Information about severe weather issues including protecting your home, being a good neighbour, staying warm and what to do in an emergency is available on the county council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/snow along with:
• School closures
• Links to latest weather updates
• What’s happening on the roads
• Find your nearest grit bin
• Gritting routes and live updates from gritters
• ‘Is my road gritted?’ search facility
• Tips on winter driving, gritting pavements and paths and staying safe and well.
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Weather for Buxton
Thursday 23 May 2013
Temperature: 4 C to 9 C
Wind Speed: 21 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 4 C to 9 C
Wind Speed: 25 mph
Wind direction: North east