With winter comes family gatherings, cosy nights by the fire and the jingle of Christmas bells, but it can also bring uncertainty for some…
Kirklees Council and partners including the Clinical Commissioning Groups, West Yorkshire Police and the Fire Service are urging people to stay safe this winter by following some simple tips or by seeking help and advice:
- When the cold weather sets in you can make a big difference by looking in on a family member or neighbour who is elderly or vulnerable
- During Christmas and New Year, heavier drinking, money worries and unrealistic expectations can contribute to a seasonal rise in domestic violence related crimes and incidents. Find out where to go for help at www.kirklees.gov.uk/itsneverok
- Winter conditions can be seriously bad for people’s health, especially people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term health conditions. Find out how to protect yourself and those you care for at www.nhs.uk/staywell
- Keep portable heaters one metre away from furniture and other flammable items
- Secure candles in a proper holder, away from any materials that may catch fire
- Find out how to stay safe online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/BlockTheWebMonsters
- Take a look at the council’s household emergency plan for hints, tips and checklists to help you prepare your home for an emergency, at www.kirklees.gov.uk/emergencyplanning
- And take a look at their winter driving checklist which helps you prepare for driving in winter www.kirklees.gov.uk/winterdriving
- Stay up to date with weather, school closures and gritting action at www.kirklees.gov.uk/winter or by following @kirkleeswinter.
They have also produced a winter advent calendar at www.kirklees.gov.uk/christmas which includes more tips and advice to stay safe and well this winter.
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Council, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “There are around 24,000 avoidable deaths in winter each year in England and Wales when even the smallest action could make a big difference. This is why we’re sharing some simple tips to help people to stay safe in the cold weather.”