Winter advice

Now is a good time to think about what winter weather preparations you, your family and community may need to make.

We want to make sure you stay safe and well this winter. This page gives suggestions for the simple things you can do to help you and your family keep warm, healthy and safe through the cold weather – as well as saving money. Links to specific information and advice are also provided.

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Health & wellbeing

During the winter months more people get ill or are injured than at any other time of the year. The NHS has produced some top tips on keeping fit and healthy, including advice on beating the flu.

Winter brings with it long and dark nights, the perfect feeding ground for burglars. Make sure you've taken steps to protect yourself and your property.

You can provide legitimate traders such as plumbers through the Derbyshire Trusted Trader scheme. The Derbyshire Trusted Trader can help you find honest and reliable traders who commit to doing a good job for a fair price.

Protecting your home & staying warm

Water pipes

All pipework within your home ad business boundary is your responsibility, so it's really worth protecting to avoid problems during the cold weather.

Heating and insulation

NHS information "Keep warm, keep well" provides simple thing you can do to keep warm, healthy and make the best use of your heating at home.

If you have reached the qualifying age you may be entitled to Winter Fuel Payment to help pay for keeping warm in winter.

You can great free, impartial and expert advice about making your home more energy efficient from your local Energy Saving Trust advice centre.

Through the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation, we offer free and discounted boilers, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and external insulation to eligible households. Visit our energy advice page for further information.

Travelling

General

Check that your vehicle is ready for winter. Just a few minutes checking your car can make all the difference to your journey. Check that you also have an emergency kit available in your car

In severe and wintry weather it's even more important to plan your journey. Take weather conditions into account when planning your route by visiting the Met Office website or listening to local radio stations.

Keep up-to-date with local traffic information.

Gritting

Gritting in the Derbyshire Dales is the responsibility of Derbyshire County Council, except for motorways and trunk roads, which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

For further gritting information visit the Derbyshire County Council Snow info section.

Community

General

Check you know who might need help in your community are in really bad weather. Cold weather is especially dangerous for older people or people with serious illnesses.

Keep up-to-date with weather warnings by signing up for the Met Office weather warnings service.

Flooding

Check whether you are at risk of flooding and sign up for free Environment Agency flood warnings.

School closures

School education in Derbyshire is provided by Derbyshire County Council. Visit their school closure page for details of any unavoidable school closures due to severe weather.