Published February 22, 2017 at 13:38
Lancashire Fire and Rescue service has released advice for potential impact of Storm Doris- snow, high winds and heavy rainfall
- People should not make unnecessary journeys. Employers should consider enabling staff to leave extra time for journeys to and from work and travelling in the course of their duties.
- If you do have to drive you should take extra care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads and you are encouraged to find alternative routes where possible. Drivers of high-sided vehicles should take particular care.
- Drivers are advised to allow extra time for travelling, slow down and be aware of side winds and be particularly conscious of the dangers posed by debris that may have blown into the road.
- In snowy conditions, clear all vehicles of snow before setting off on a journey, slow down and increase stopping distances. Keep extra clothing and a warm drink in your vehicle with you incase you get stuck.
- Some roads may be closed – follow Highways England for information @HighwaysNWEST or Lancashire County Council @LancashireCC For breaking information about incidents on North West motorways follow the North West Motorway Police @NWmwaypolice.
- Residents should take precautions by ensuring that any outdoor items such as bins, ladders, and garden furniture are secured to prevent them being blown into the roads or through windows. Try to locate pets and bring them indoors if you can. People should stay indoors until the bad weather has passed.
- People in low-lying or coastal areas are urged to stay away from seafronts and stay alert to the risk of flooding during high tides and strong winds. Follow the Environment Agency for further information about flooding @EnvAgency or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk
- People should call 999 if they believe they are in danger – be assured that help will be available. However during high winds firefighters may not be able to climb ladders, except in real emergencies. Residents should ring the Fire and Rescue Service to request assistance with damage to property if structural problems could put people’s lives in danger, for example, if the property or structure is at risk of collapse or is protruding onto the highway. Building owners are responsible for the safety of their own buildings and in most cases this will mean waiting until the winds pass and employing a builder or roofer to fix any damage.
- LFRS will not attend an incident where a falling object will land in a safe place for example, the back garden where the occupier has an alternative safe route in and out of the property.
- Locate some candles or torches that you can use in case of a power cut. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and put batteries in your radio so that you can keep up-to-date with what is going on.
- If there is a power-cut, take care when using candles. Put them on a proper holder and place them on a flat, hard surface. Do not place them near curtains or other upholstery.
- For ongoing updates on the situation tune in to BBC Radio Lancashire 103.9 FM, 95.5 FM or 104.5 FM
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