Keep well this winter
Although most people in North Lincolnshire manage the winter season well, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for adverse weather, the challenges the season can bring and look out for yourself, your family, friends and those around you.
We have provided some simple information and practical steps you can take to prepare yourself and stay well this winter.
Prepare for bad weather
- Be active: moving around and keeping active will help you to stay warm and fit. Whether you go for a walk, or take part in an activity, it’s good to keep moving. There are a wide range of activities to keep everyone active. Visit our Keeping Active webpage.
- Wrap up: the best way to keep warm is to wear layers of clothes. If you’re heading out make sure you wear extra layers.
- Heat your home: keep your home at a steady temperature and close the curtains at night to help keep the cold out. During cold periods keep your windows closed at night. If you have a heating boiler consider getting it serviced before the cold weather arrives. If you can’t afford to heat your home visit Gov.uk for information on the warm home discount scheme or our Housing Standards page.
- Have a grab bag: it is a good idea to have basic items together in a ‘grab bag’ including medicines, water, torch, mobile phone, batteries or powerbank, copies of important documents and change of clothes. If you have to leave your home quickly or your power and water are disrupted, you can quickly grab the bag and go to safety.
- If you are informed there is a risk of flooding it’s useful to have a personal flood plan. How to make a personal flood plan can be viewed on Gov.uk and information to help prepare is available in the Flood Response Booklet from the Humber Local Resilience Forum.
For more information visit the Flooding and other emergencies webpage.
Check your vehicle
The RAC recommends six tips to keep you moving. Drivers should remember their ‘FORCES’:
- Fuel – Don’t risk running out of fuel – top up before you set off on a long journey
- Oil – check it’s at the right level to reduce the chances of overheating in traffic
- Rubber – tyres need to be properly inflated and in good condition to give your car a safe, sure grip on the road. Your windscreen wipers also have to work extra hard in cold and wet conditions
- Coolant – this does a vital job in ensuring the engine runs at the right temperature. If it’s not between the ‘min’ and ‘max’ levels, this could be the sign of a problem so contact a good garage without delay
- Electrics – you’ll need your lights on during any heavy downpours and of course during the shorter days – so check they are all working. The electrics also control your indicators and windows, so check there are no problems
- Screenwash – helps keep your windscreen clear.
Further information is available on the RAC website.
Once you’ve checked your car as above, we have provided some winter driving tips and details of our gritting routes, visit Winter Service and Gritting webpage.
Look out for yourself and others
Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
If you are aware of a neighbour, friend, or relative who is over 65 or has a long-term condition, and may find it difficult to get out, check that they are warm, well and their medicine cabinet and food supplies are stocked up. Having some company may also reduce social isolation.
There is a range of support to protect you from becoming unwell or getting worse if you are already unwell. Pharmacists provide good health advice on a range of minor ailments and can give tips on keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Pharmacists can also give advice on flu jabs and information, for example, if you are entitled to a free NHS flu jab. They can also advise if a visit to your GP is needed. It is important to seek early advice from a pharmacist to help prevent your symptoms getting much worse or to prevent a hospital admission. Free NHS flu jabs are available to various eligible groups and you can find more information on flu jabs by visiting the NHS website for further details.
The NHS is here to help you and the NHS 111 service is a free number to call or access NHS 111 on-line when you have an urgent healthcare need. It directs you to the right local service. It is available across the whole of England making it easier for you to access urgent healthcare services when you need medical help. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For more information on how to stay well this winter visit the nhs.uk website.
Homeless/rough sleeping: If you are concerned for someone over 18 that is rough sleeping/homeless you can report this via the Streetlink website.
Make your home more secure by following some basic advice:
- Lock all doors and windows, and ensure any PVCu doors are locked properly by lifting the handle and using the key to double-lock them
- Keep keys and valuables secure and out of sight.
- Consider installing a door bell camera, internal camera and burglar alarm
- Install ‘dusk to dawn’ external lighting and use timer switches in your home to control internal lights, radios and a simulated TV.
- Ensure boundary fences are secure with side gates locked. Keep tools and ladders in a locked shed.
- Secure bins at night and put garden furniture away for the winter as these can be used by burglars as climbing aids to gain access to upper floor windows
- Ensure your vehicle is locked and remove all valuables as burglars often check to see if doors are left unlocked
For further information on keeping yourself and others safe visit the Police.UK Crime Prevention website.
Enjoy Christmas safely by being prepared. Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted and test them to ensure they are working, look out for small items that a child could choke on, keep decorations and other items away from heat sources, and try and keep clutter to a minimum. For more tips on staying safe this Christmas visit the Christmas Safety page on the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) website.
There are some simple steps you can take to look after your mental health this winter by following five ways to wellbeing.
Support for children and families
We provide information, advice and guidance to families. If your family or a child/family that you know might be facing challenges visit our children and family support webpage for more information.
Support for adults
We provide information advice and guidance to support living independently, to get out and about and receive care and support. Visit the find local care and support for adults webpage.
Support for carers
If you help another person in their day to day life you are a carer. The Carers’ Support Centre based in Brigg offers information, advice, guidance and activities to carers, including young carers. Visit Carers’ Support Centre website for more information or call 01652 650585.
There is also information and advice for carers and young carers including how to apply for a carers’ assessment, personal assistants and benefits on the Caring for Someone webpage.
Get the jab/boost your immune system
See the latest guidance on our Covid-19 webpage.
Winter can bring higher costs for heating, food and clothing and other items which for some can add pressure to a tight budget.
There is some specific winter related support available:
Visit our Financial Support page for information on financial support that the council provides and external organisations.