NHS advice to stay safe from winter weather

A driver and passenger wait to be towed on the B5057 in the Peak District after their car span on black ice smashing into a stone wall. Temperatures across the UK plummeted again last night. Roads this morning in the Peak District are being effected by black ice in many parts. ''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk
A driver and passenger wait to be towed on the B5057 in the Peak District after their car span on black ice smashing into a stone wall. Temperatures across the UK plummeted again last night. Roads this morning in the Peak District are being effected by black ice in many parts. ''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

Winter means icy and slippery conditions, bringing risks of falling victim to slips, falls and road traffic accidents.

With more cold weather forecast for the coming weeks, local NHS teams are reminding residents to take appropriate measures to ensure you stay safe and healthy.

Slips, falls and road traffic accidents all become more likely during wet, cold and icy weather conditions.

Dr Mike Ions, Chief Clinical Officer at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “With the wintery weather comes the increased likelihood of an accident because of the conditions under foot either by slipping or falling. Older people, particularly, are more vulnerable to such accidents.

“Inadequate footwear certainly doesn’t help, nor does rushing around. By taking a few simple precautions you can easily decrease your likelihood of injury.”

Residents are encouraged to follow the tips below to ensure that they do not suffer a slip, fall or car accident as the winter weather hits.

Spread sand or salt on icy surfaces on walkways, work areas, and steps.

Consider putting the activity off until conditions improve if the weather is really bad.

Keep steps and equipment clean and dry.

Take the time to clean off mud, snow, and ice and walk slowly and carefully.

Wear shoes or boots with a flat, low heel, a slip-resistant sole to reduce slipping hazards and a good tread that helps to grip the surface.

Only drive when absolutely necessary and take care to drive slowly and carefully.