Handling the cold snap
With the arrival of the 'Beast from the East' make sure you're prepared for the drop in temperature.
The forecast for the South West is for lower than average temperatures with widespread frosts, particularly overnight. Snow showers are possible in some areas and with the wind chill it will feel significantly colder.
Public Health England have issued the following advice on how to handle the cold weather:
- look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately
- try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over
- stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help
- take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days
- seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some
- avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls.
- discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby.
Power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts. Visit ofgem.gov.uk to see if you meet the criteria.
If you are an Alliance Homes customer please contact us in the usual way if you need advice or are experiencing any difficulties via ACT@alliancehomes.org.uk or 03000 120 120.