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.
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
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. Our Warmstreets insulation scheme offers private householders the opportunity to have loft (from £49) and cavity wall (from £99) installed (subject to survey). If you are aged 70+ or on certain benefits you may qualify for free insulation.
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.
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.
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.