Although winter weather and snow can be fun for some, it can be hazardous to our health and well-being as well as disrupting to our daily lives. Being prepared at home and in our communities will help to minimise those impacts and keep you well this winter.
- Whether you’re at home, work or on the road this winter there are plenty of winter hazards threatening to disrupt your routine. Visit the Met Office Weather Ready site for tips on getting prepared.
- It is important to protect your home from cold weather to beat the freeze. Visit Wessex Water for tips on preparing for winter.
Prolonged low temperatures can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses and flu, with accompanying snow and ice bringing the risk of serious injuries from slips and falls.
Some groups, such as older people, very young children, and people with serious medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather.
- For further information about the health risks, along with advice and guidance for protecting yourself and others, see the NHS Stay Well this Winter advice.
See our Get Prepared information about preparing for emergencies at home, in your community and at work.