Winter Safety

Severe weather guidance for the Western Isles Community – Winter Campaign

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is calling on the public to stay safe this winter and to consider the additional safety measures we must all be aware of throughout the winter months.

Sudden and severe changes in weather conditions can have a negative impact on the delivery of local goods and services and impede on our ability to get around. To compound this, the last two years have been particularly difficult. The covid pandemic, coupled with rising prices have taken their toll on us all and people are understandably feeling quite overwhelmed.

The information contained within this guidance will help you make informed choices on how to stay safe and keep well this Winter: How to keep you safe at home and when venturing out, healthy eating advice, nurturing your mental wellbeing whilst avoiding physical illness; looking out for vulnerable neighbours; and who to contact should you require additional information or assistance.

Launching the Winter Safety Campaign, Comhairle Leader Paul Steele, commented:
“With a little preparation we can all stay safe throughout the Winter months and this excellent resource provides invaluable information on all aspects of personal safety, including emergency contact details
I should also like to highlight that Winter can be a particularly challenging time for our more vulnerable neighbours and that we should all try to offer any assistance we can to make things less difficult for them in the coming month
Taking a few simple steps now and planning ahead could make things a lot easier, and, crucially, safer for you this winter.”

An Important Message about Fire Prevention

During Winter months people will undoubtedly seek alternative methods of heating their home. The community are being urged to ensure that all portable gas and electric heaters are well maintained; especially ones that been used for some time. Every home should have an interlinked smoke alarm system. More information available on Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) 

Severe weather guidance for the Western Isles Community – Winter Campaign (551.5kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Information and Advice

Keep Safe This Winter (551.5kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

(Winter Maintenance - Road Gritting)

Emergencies Can Happen (Ready Scotland) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Emergencies could happen at any time. Find out how to protect yourself, your home, your family and your business. Make plans and get information at Ready Scotland.

Check the Weather (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Met Office weather forecast.

Ready in the Car (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) 
For peace of mind always carry an emergency kit. Gather a few essential items and keep them in your car. Keep your mobile phone charged in case a roadside phone is not available. Items that should be in your emergency kit can be found by following the link above but also consider what could be important for you.

Winter Driving Advice
RoSPA Winter Driving Tips (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

NHS24 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Health Information and Self Care Advice for Scotland. nhs24.com provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland. (08454 242424)

Age Scotland Helpline (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Age Scotland operates the Age Scotland Helpline 0845 125 9732. This is a telephone helpline service for older people, ensuring that older people and their families or carers are provided with high quality, relevant information for their needs. It also gives appropriate signposting to other helplines and organizations.

Care Information Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Care Information Scotland is a telephone and website service providing information about care services for older people living in Scotland.

Protect Your Pipes (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Be prepared this winter heat, insulate and protect your home

Winter Fire Safety Advice from the Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service

Some Useful Numbers