Preparing for winter

To help avoid winter woes this year we are encouraging local residents and businesses to be prepared for severe weather. Read the information below for hints and tips on getting ready for the cold months ahead.

Before winter

  • have your heating system checked by a qualified heating engineer
  • stock up early on salt from your local DIY shop
  • invest in a good, strong snow shovel
  • have some food stocks
  • talk to family and friends about childcare plans
  • review your travel plans
  • get a winter health check on your car
  • avoid the misery and expense of a burst or frozen pipe, visit United Utilities (external link) for tips and advice
  • visit the Energy Saving Trust (external link) for advice on saving energy at home
  • visit for a home insulation guide for the elderly 

During severe weather

  • check on elderly or disabled neighbours
  • keep up-to-date with disruptions to services on our severe weather update page and follow us on Twitter (external link)
  • stay warm - heat your main living room to around 18-21°C (64-70°F) and the rest of the house to at least 16°C (61°F).
  • close curtains at night to help keep in heat and reduce energy bills
  • avoid using your car unless really necessary
  • help by clearing snow and ice in your area
  • reduce the amount of waste going into your bin and use the household waste recycling centres for excess refuse

Preparing your business for severe weather

Make sure your business takes the necessary steps to stay operational and look after employees this winter:

  • grit in advance of severe weather such as bad frost or snow to help keep external paths clear
  • maintain good lighting levels both inside and outside of a building which is vital during the darker seasons
  • encourage employees to report any hazards they spot in the workplace
  • invest in regular planned maintenance around the workplace including clearing paths, walkways and car parks
  • consider employees who travel and drive to and for work. Preparing in advance for changeable weather could really help and save someone in difficult situation.
  • have your heating system checked by a qualified heating engineer
  • check your business continuity plan and keep contact details to hand
  • check for loose roof tiles and gaps where water could enter
  • move stock higher than the flood level to protect it
  • check that business insurance is adequate and up-to-date

Winter health

Travel information

Find links to road, bus and train updates and service disruptions on our travel information page


Keep up-to-date and plan ahead with the latest weather forecasts