Preparing for the Winter Months

Our unpredictable Hebridean winter weather can present us with many difficulties and dangers. There are however a few simple steps we can all take to ensure that we are ready for any severe weather conditions.

This booklet is designed to enable us all to make informed choices about staying safe. It is also intended to offer a level of community reassurance, by listing contact details of support networks, Islands – wide, who are at hand should anyone require assistance.

As we approach the winter months, we may take time to reflect on what has been an extremely challenging and worrying year for us all. Unfortunately, the uncertainty continues, with social distancing rules possibly preventing us from physically spending time with our friends and family this winter.

There are however a number of practical things we can all do to support each other, and the wider community: for example, keeping an eye out for a vulnerable person; offering to lend them a hand with shopping or other essential tasks. We could also consider making our phone number available to someone who may need assistance.

Although we are less likely to travel great distances this winter the same personal safety rules apply when venturing out. You are advised to wear light coloured, fluorescent or high visibility clothing when out at dusk or at night. If you are wearing dark clothing, it is important to realise that a car driver may not see you, especially if there is another vehicle coming towards them. If you have to make an essential journey, consider the option of using public transport.

If you do decide to travel by car, make sure your vehicle is ‘Winter Ready’ (please see checklist on Page 12) Allow extra time for your journey, stick to the main roads and tell someone of your planned route and anticipated return time and look at the weather forecast.

Preparation is key– taking a few simple steps now and planning ahead could make things a lot easier, and, crucially, safer for you this winter.

Please see full booklet at: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/10018/wintersafetyadvice.pdf (1.0MB)