whg is reminding its customers to stay safe in the cold weather.

Clearing snow and ice

During extreme weather conditions, some of our customers would like to help their neighbours by clearing pathways of snow and ice.  At whg, our first priority is the safety of all our customers and we would like to support individuals who are willing to give up their time and energy to help keep pathways clear.

In accordance with advice from the Government, you can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. It’s unlikely that you’ll be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you’ve cleared it carefully.

When you clear snow and ice:

  • do it early in the day - it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow
  • don’t use water - it might refreeze and turn to black ice
  • use salt if possible - it will melt the ice or snow and stop it from refreezing overnight (but don’t use the salt from salting bins as this is used to keep roads clear)
  • you can use ash and sand if you don’t have enough salt - it will provide grip underfoot
  • pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways - using more salt may help

Keeping warm and well

Cold weather can spell bad news for your health.

Being cold raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. It also makes young children more vulnerable to common complaints such as coughs and colds.

Here are our top 10 tips to help you stay healthy and ward off those winter blues…

  • Maintain your home at around 18C (65F) or above, to keep you warm but your fuel bills low.
  • Don’t block up air vents but close windows at night.
  • Opt for several layers of thin clothing, rather than one thick layer.
  • Wear a hat, gloves and scarf – plus shoes with a good grip – when outdoors in cold weather.
  • Stay active – move around regularly, whether indoors or outdoors. If you have limited movement, try simple exercises while you’re sitting down.
  • Have your flu jab – they are free for over-65s, pregnant women, children aged 2-3, people with a long-term health issue or those who care for a vulnerable person.
  • Antibiotics don’t work on colds and flu. Instead you need to rest, drink plenty of fluids and have at least one hot meal a day.
  • Stock up on over-the-counter cold and flu remedies – and make sure you get any prescription medicines from your doctor or pharmacy before they close for Christmas.
  • Have at least one hot meal a day and regular hot drinks.
  • Make sure you have plenty of basics in your food cupboard such as soup, tinned fish and long life milk ahead of the festive holiday season.

Useful links

Keep an eye on our website and also our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates of any disruption to whg services.

You can visit the Met Office website to keep up to date on the latest weather forecast and warnings.