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All types of weather can affect you, those around you, and your property.
Make sure you're prepared with these simple things to make sure you and your family keep safe, warm and healthy during the winter months.
Sometimes it is not safe to make a journey, so stay at home. If you have to travel, be prepared for all weather conditions and plan your route accordingly.
Are you are aware of the emergency risks in your area?
As the temperature begins to fall, it’s time to wrap up your home nice and snug. To help you enjoy a carefree winter, follow United Utilities 3 easy steps to protect your home from the cold, and get ready for whatever winter throws at you.
Wrap your pipes with lagging to prevent them from freezing (or even bursting) this winter. Pay extra attention to the pipes in the garage, loft, or those outside your home, as these are the ones most likely to freeze when the temperature drops.
Your local DIY store should have everything you need; just remember to use waterproof lagging for any outdoor pipes. Pipe lagging is cheap and easy to fit.
Your stop tap controls the flow of water into your home. It’s usually found under the kitchen sink, or sometimes in the cellar or garage. It’s handy to know where it is so you can turn the water off quickly if your pipes freeze or burst.
Keeping your central heating on low during a cold spell will prevent your pipes from freezing. Make sure the heating comes on when you're away too, you don’t want to come back to a flooded home after a relaxing winter break.
The United Utilities website also features a downloadable guide to other top tips, including advice on keeping yourself and your home warm and well over winter – with links to organisations that can lend a helping hand in a cold weather crisis.
The guide also features details of United Utilities’ Priority Services, a range of services designed to help customers who may benefit from a little extra support due to factors such as age, ill health, disability, mental health problems, financial troubles or language barriers.
Developing a community emergency plan will help the community work together to be prepared for the emergencies and risks you might face. It’s also a great way to raise local emergency issues with the emergency services and agree how you can work better together before an emergency happens.
Preston is a safe place to live, work and study. However, it is important to recognise emergencies can occur at any time, please see our emergencies page to see what to do and who to contact if an emergency occurs.
Electricity North West operates a Priority Services Register where you can sign up, if you need extra support or help during a power cut. Examples of why you may need extra help include your age, medical conditions or poor mobility.
You can also call their dedicated 105 number in the event of a power cut to get more information.
Local small businesses should also be planning together for emergencies that would affect their business continuity this winter. The following resources are available to help businesses prepare, respond and recover from a range of incidents:
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.