Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to make sure they’re prepared for the cold weather. Temperatures are set to remain low over the next few days with heavy snowfall also predicted across Staffordshire.
"Do my smoke alarms work? Do I have some food and drink supplies available in case I can’t get to the shop?"
A fire service spokesperson said: “Things to think about when preparing for cold weather are is my heating system working? Do my smoke alarms work? Do I have some food and drink supplies available in case I can’t get to the shop?”
Residents using coal or wood burning fires are being urged to take extra care as are users of electric blankets.
“We’d also ask people to consider elderly relatives, friends and neighbours who are more vulnerable in colder weather and where possible perhaps pop to see them to check if they’re ok, that they’re warm enough and heating their property safely, that their smoke alarms are working, and that they have food and drink supplies.”
Residents are encouraged to keep up-to-date with the latest weather information by monitoring the websites and social media pages of the MET Office, as well as listening to the travel news on local radio stations. Winter home safety and driving safety information is also available from the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website and social media pages