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Preparing for the Cold Spell

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Temperatures are expected to plummet even further over the next few days but there are things to you can do to keep yourself safe.

Station Commander Alan Haley from the Community Safety department at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) said: “With temperatures expected to remain low over the next few days, a few simple precautions could make a real difference. Please take a moment to think about our advice and establish if there are some steps you can take.

“Our firefighters are prepared for the potential of heavy snow fall and anyone in an emergency situation should still call 999.”

  • If the weather is prolonged please look out for vulnerable relatives and neighbours.

  • Last year HWFRS attended over 200 chimney fires so when using open fires or wood burners please be extra vigilant due to their prolonged use and ensure that you are only using the correct fuel

  • All the emergency services are anticipating increased activity so please be mindful to only request our attendance if it’s a real emergency. In spite of dangerous road conditions fire crews will still attend.

  • Icy Ponds are dangerous. If your car looks like this best to stay home

  • Ponds, lakes and canals may freeze over and look safe to walk on but these are extremely hazardous, please stay away. If you see somebody in difficulty the best way you can help them is to call 999

  • Double check that pipes and tanks are suitably insulated to avoid the risk of them freezing and bursting during these icy conditions.

  • Please only make essential journeys if the weather and road conditions are poor.

“Please remember to listen to road and weather updates on local radio stations and on local media websites. This information can be invaluable when the two counties are affected by heavy snow.”