What are the risks for Lancashire?

Whilst icy or snowy landscapes can look beautiful and provide opportunities for family fun, it is important to remember that frost and freezing weather can have a serious impact on day-to-day lives.

Lancashire is well-known for the diversity of its landscape, however the combination of coastlines, countryside and hills, linked to urban areas via winding roads and a busy motorway network, leaves the county exposed to a variety of hazards when the temperature falls.Cold weather and snow can therefore cause widespread disruption for extended periods of time.

How could this affect me?

Potential impact and consequences

Cold weather and snow can cause school closures, disruption to transport and utilities, and hazardous driving conditions. This can lead to problems with people being able to get to work, and with keeping businesses and critical services running.

Cold weather also affects the most vulnerable in the community, including older adults and those with underlying health issues. This increases the risk of illness and the number of injuries as a result of slips, trips and falls.

What to do if there’s cold weather and snow

  • Stay informed–look at the weather forecast and check warnings from the Met Office to find out if snow is predicted.

  • Make sure your house has sufficient insulation, particularly around your water tank, loft and water pipes.

  • Prepare your car - make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for the journey (including sufficient fuel, screen wash, suitable tyres, high visibility jacket, blankets and a spade).

  • Visit the NHS Winter Health website for tips on how to stay well in winter.

  • Check local grit bins are well stocked, especially if you live on a slope. Request top-ups if necessary.

  • Sign up to receive alerts and information about risks in your area.

  • Follow #lancsalert on social media.

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