There are many simple things you can do to help you and your family keep warm, healthy and safe during cold weather.
Keep an eye on the weather
- Sign up to receive severe weather and school closure email alerts.
- Check if you are at risk from flooding and sign up for free flood warnings.
Protect your home
- Order winter fuel in advance.
- Check pipes are lagged to prevent them bursting, and know where to turn your stopcock off.
- Have a shovel available to clear paths.
- Prepare a grab bag in case you or your family have to move location at short notice.
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home.
- Complete a Household Emergency Plan, which should include important numbers, such as your home insurer, doctor and the police. West Sussex County Council have provided a useful template:
Protect your health
- Keep warm and well – find out if you are eligible for Cold Weather Payments.
- Fight the flu – get a flu jab.
- If you take medication make sure you have enough to get you through any bad weather.
- Check NHS Choices for winter health guidance.
- Wash your hands to prevent viruses spreading.
- Have your heating and cooking appliances serviced by an approved trader – carbon monoxide is a killer.
- Stock up on basic supplies at home (see our emergency survival checklist for more information) or find out about getting Meals on Wheels.
- Ensure you have shoes with a good grip.
- Prepare your car for winter weather by following RAC advice.
- Follow GOV.UK’s advice about driving in adverse weather conditions.
- Sign up for free train delay and disruption alerts.
Help your community
- Help your community by volunteering.
- Contact the Energy Saving Trust for free, impartial advice on reducing your heating bills and making your home more energy efficient.