Snowfall, flooding and strong winds have all caused disruption over recent winters. It is important that you look out for old or vulnerable people during severe weather.
Keeping warm is a vital part of keeping well in the winter - particularly for older people, the young and people with chronic illnesses. Visit the NHS's Keep Warm, Keep Well page for more advice.
There is no law preventing you from clearing away snow, and it is helpful for the community. If you decide to clear snow or ice, follow these tips:
- do not use hot water - it will melt the snow, but may replace it with black ice
- spread some salt on the area you have cleared - if there is no salt bin nearby, ordinary table salt will do
The Department of Health issues a Heatwave Plan each May. You should also check the Met Office website to check the current alert level.
You should also make sure elderly or vulnerable people are able to keep cool. Alert a doctor or call social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.