Winter safety

Winter safety
This winter we want to remind you of some of the risks that are more likely this time of year and how you can reduce them.

As the winter weather draws in, the number of falls and slips across the UK increases each year. To reduce the risk to you, we will be implementing our snow, ice, and leaves policy.

As part of this, we will be:

  • clearing paths of snow, ice, and leaves at our extra care and sheltered housing schemes*;
  • gritting paths around our extra care and sheltered housing schemes when ice is predicted by the MET Office;
  • providing grit bins at some general needs blocks of flats for you to use; and
  • gritting our offices to keep you and our colleagues safe.

* Weekdays only and dependant on colleague safety.

We ask that you also consider the dangers that come from bad weather and wear suitable clothing and footwear on these days.

This time of year is also when we begin to decorate our homes for the Christmas season. Our Building Safety team would also like to remind you of some key safety tips when using electrical lights.

  • Where possible only use PAT tested lights.
  • Always check your lights for faults or damage before plugging them in.
  • Never overload plug sockets.
  • Use low voltage lights and LEDs.
  • Never use indoor lights outside.
  • Switch lights off before going to bed or out.
  • Never repair faulty lights – always replace them.
  • Make sure all lights use an RCD-protected socket.

In case of an emergency:
If somebody does suffer from an electric shock, make sure you switch off the electricity first, then remove the casualty from danger if safe to do so and call the emergency services.

Make sure you know where your fuse box is located so you can reach it quickly in an emergency.

Winter can be a wonderful time of year. We hope that with these procedures and tips we can help you to keep safe this season.