Stockport Council encourages residents to get ready for winter

With cold weather on its way, Stockport Council has issued some helpful tips to make sure its residents stay safe and warm over the winter months.

Winter weather can be severe and quickly disrupt our daily lives so keeping yourself and others warm and safe over cold periods will help to prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia.

It is more important than ever to look after yourself this winter and you can get ready by following this advice:
• Know your free emergency numbers - in an emergency dial 999, for a gas emergency dial 0800 111999 or in a power cut dial 105.
• Prepare your home – keep a torch handy for emergencies and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Keep an eye on the latest local weather forecast and up-to-date seasonal advice by checking Met Office website
• Make sure that you and any family members are eligible for a free flu vaccination get one as soon as possible. Flu can affect anyone so even if you aren’t entitled to a free one it may be worth paying for one to reduce your risk of getting the flu.

If you need extra financial support, there’s a number of benefits and discounts available to help you with your energy bills, visit our Winter webpages. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen Stockport’s communities come together to look after their neighbours and wider community.

Be a good neighbour this winter and check on older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses. A knock on the door or phone call to check they are ok will be welcome. If you are willing, share your telephone number with your neighbour in case they were to have an accident or were unwell.

Councillor Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “The cold weather is predicted to start in the next few weeks, so take this weekend to make sure you are winter ready. It doesn’t take long to get prepared for a cold spell, but it helps us help you stay well and safe this winter.”
Across the Council, our teams are getting prepared to work in severe weather to keep residents safe.

One of those people is Chris Pollitt, one of our Senior Engineer Senior Transportation Officers working in the Network Asset Maintenance team, focusing on all elements of highway drainage maintenance.
This includes monitoring and managing the gully cleansing and repair programmes, investigating road collapses, highway drainage investigations, mapping the information on our asset database, arranging planned and reactive highway drainage repairs and liaising with external and internal colleagues and contractors.

When asked about his role at the Council, Chris said: “I help highway users and residents on a daily basis, by keeping the network clear and dealing with highway drainage issues and providing guidance and information where needed.
“I’m not sure there is such thing as a typical day in my role which is probably why I enjoy it. I plan my day to include site visits or recording data following survey works and then my plans can change at short notice. My role covers the whole of Stockport so I can be asked to attend various sites during the day - and of course in any weather!

“The winter months can bring some testing times following on from the autumn leaf fall and persistent heavy rain, and of course the drop in temperature.”