Hot tips to help the cold - The Evesham Observer

Hot tips to help the cold

Evesham Editorial 9th Dec, 2019   0

PLUNGING temperatures have signalled the official onset of winter and local residents are being urged to make sure they stay well during the bad weather.

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Interim Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council said:“Winter is firmly upon us now, so it’s very important that everyone is ready for winter and the challenges it can bring to us.

“I would urge residents to ensure they have had all relevant health checks and make sure that all services and other annual home checks are up-to-date.

“It’s little things like these which can make staying warm and well this winter a little bit easier.”

People are also being urged to be good neighbours and whenever possible check in on elderly friends, family and neighbours, whether it’s for a chat, a cup of tea, or just to make sure they are keeping warm and well.

In terms of keeping your home healthy and running smoothly, the County Council says it is important to make sure all appliances are well maintained and services are up-to-date.

For example, it is advisable to always keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a gas safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Also know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut call 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.

Be aware that storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to the electricity network and disrupt energy supplies.

Vulnerable households can also get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register.

The Priority Services Register is free and open for anyone who is of a pensionable age, disabled, has children under five years old or relies on medical equipment.

As part of the service, customers are kept informed as much as possible of power cuts affecting their home and are given special help, if needed.

To find out more information or to register, please visit

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