Beware of icy conditions

No snow in Morecambe... Sylvia Burrows from Bare, who bought a sledge for her great granddaughter Keisha Scott, hoping for some snow in the area.
No snow in Morecambe... Sylvia Burrows from Bare, who bought a sledge for her great granddaughter Keisha Scott, hoping for some snow in the area.

Residents are being urged to prepare themselves for icy conditions and sleet and snow forecast.

North West Air Ambulance said that when temperatures fall, there is always a marked rise in the number of seriously ill patients; especially with respiratory problems and the number of people who have heart attacks and strokes.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition ensure that you have sufficient medications.

When you’re outside, wear warm clothing, heavy coats, gloves and scarves.

Look out for elderly neighbours, friends and relatives, and help them out where you can.

Make sure you stay on your feet, and wear the correct footwear.

Perhaps stock up on food and other items before the frost settles in, to avoid having to travel in icy conditions.

If you are using your vehicle this weekend, please plan your journey, and check your vehicle over before departing.

Make sure you have warm clothing, water and provisions with you, in anticipation of long waits.

If you’re unsure about the type of treatment you need, NHS Direct (0845 4647) can offer advice on where the best treatment centre is for you. The 111 number is the equivalent for residents in Lancashire.