Severe Weather Warnings.

‘What to do in severe weather’

Please see Met Office website for very useful information and  severe weather impacts.
You can also obtain more information on warnings. – see Weather Warnings .

The Met Office is predicting this winter to be milder than last year, it is still sensible to be prepared.

Severe weather is not only flooding and heavy rainfall but high winds, snow and ice, heat waves and many more. Local and national TV and radio reports should give you advance warning of severe weather.

Environment Agency 3 Day Flood Risk Forecast

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Driving in severe weather

  •  Stopping distances are at least double in wet conditions compared to dry conditions.
  • Reduce your speed.
  • Visibility may be reduced, due to surface spray.
  • Keep well back from the vehicle in front of you.
  • If steering becomes unresponsive slow down gradually.
  • Be aware of spilt diesel on wet roads, it will make the surface very slippery.
  • Always adjust your driving to suit the conditions during periods of snow and icy conditions and always wear appropriate footwear to avoid slipping over.
  • Beware of black ice which may not be visible.

Before the thunderstorm

  • Unplug all non-essential appliances, including the TV as lightening can cause power surges.
  • Seek shelter if possible.
  • When you can hear thunder, you are already within range of where the next ground flash may occur, lightning can strike as far away as 10 miles from the centre of the storm!
  • Avoid using telephones, both land line and mobile phones.
  • Avoid using taps and sinks. Metal pipes can conduct electricity.
  • If you are outside, avoid water and try to find a low-lying place a safe distance way from trees, poles or metal objects.
  • Avoid activities such as golf, rod fishing or boating on a lake.

If you find yourself in an exposed location, squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and your head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, don’t lie down on the ground. If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately

How to keep warm in winter?

The following offers a simple guide to keeping warm in winter.

• Keep your home warm

If you can’t heat all your rooms heat the living room during the day and the bedroom during the night. An electric blanket or hot water bottle will help to keep you warm, but never use them together as you could electrocute yourself.

If you do use an electric blanket make sure it’s safe by getting it tested every three years. Also check what type it is as some are designed only to warm the bed before you get in and should not be used throughout the house.

Tips for staying warm
• Dress Warmly

Wear plenty of thin layers and one really thick one on the outside, and put on a coat, gloves, hat, scarf and warm shoes when you go outside. Stay warm in bed with bed socks, thermal underwear and a nightcap.

• Check heaters are safe

Carbon monoxide kills more than 50 people each year in England and Wales. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, so the best way to protect yourself is to have all gas cooking and heating appliances, and chimneys serviced regularly.

Look after yourself, your home – and your water supply!

These days, winters can be very unpredictable – and after the last big freeze, it’s best to be well prepared for whatever this cold season has in store!

To be certain of a warm, comfortable and safe winter, you need to take special care of your water supply and pipes, as well as wastewater leaving your home from sinks, loos and bathrooms.

Download United Utilities “how to protect your home this winter” leaflet

Download United Utilities “a guide to using water wisely” leaflet