Stay safe through the winter

WITH temperatures falling and the nights getting darker, Derbyshire residents are being reminded to keep themselves safe and warm.

Derbyshire County Council is working with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Derbyshire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service, the primary care trust and voluntary groups to draw up contingency plans to make sure services continue to run as normally as possible if we are faced with a harsh winter this year.

Tips being given out to coincide with the Government’s national Get Ready for Winter campaign include:

* Keep your home warm. Your main living room should be between 18 and 21°C (65-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16°C (61°F).

* Warm the bedroom and bed before turning in for the night. Your bedroom should be kept above 18°C overnight.

* Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps 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.

* 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.

* Visit to find out school closures, what’s happening on the roads, weather forecasts, gritting routes and updates, as well as advice on staying safe and well.

* 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.

* Check on older neighbours and relatives to make sure they’re safe and well, warm enough and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.