South Lanarkshire Council launches winter awareness campaign

South Lanarkshire Council urges residents to plan ahead this winter.

It comes at the start of its annual Winter Awareness Week, with the board reminding everyone what they’re doing and what they need to do to prepare.

The campaign highlights some of the issues residents need to be aware of – whether it’s snow, storms, ice and downpours or sometimes even a combination of all four.

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Councilor John Anderson, chairman of the council’s community and business resources committee, said: “We will be providing a range of information and advice during this week that we hope will be useful in the coming years. month.

“For example, route planning can make all the difference: what are the safest routes and modes of transportation.

“You should also ask yourself: is travel essential?

“If you have to drive, check the weather forecast and any current or forecasted difficulties – the weather can change very quickly, so check the forecast.”

Roads can be dangerous in bad weather

You can use the following methods to verify the forecast:

  • local radio or television stations,
  • the Met Office or the Met Office weather app
  • 24-hour local forecast links posted on the @SLCRoads Twitter feed. Information is also available from the following Twitter feeds – @SLCouncil, @Trafficscotland and @bbctravelscot
  • drivers should allow extra time for their trips and also make sure they have a snack, something to drink and medication to allow for delays

In particular, listen to severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office.

Other tips include a basic cold weather kit and an emergency kit with items such as an ice scraper and defroster, a working torch and spare batteries, a shovel, a small bag of salt and a first aid kit.

And since sidewalks in residential areas are usually not sandblasted by council, they are asking residents to help by clearing the sidewalk in front of their homes and helping less able neighbors.

Councilor Anderson added: “Some continue to work from home due to Covid-19 and others in the workplace – our winter travel tips will be helpful for getting out and out during the work day. “

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