AS temperatures plummet across the UK, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging people to heed advice from its new Winter Safety Hub.
Families and businesses are being offered a wealth of information including responsible working conditions in freezing weather, advice for driving on ice and snow and how to react if a dog or child falls into a frozen pond.
RoSPA’s Winter Safety Hub also highlights home safety issues from the threat of carbon monoxide to the importance of fire safety over Christmas when using candles; and encourages families to check on elderly relatives and neighbours to prevent life-threatening situations from hypothermia to a fall.
The online webpage by the UK’s leading accident prevention charity includes a safer journey planner for drivers setting out on long journeys over the festive season and a winter driving fact-sheet to help motorists stay safe in poor conditions.
Figures from the Department for Transport show that across Great Britain in 2011, 32 people were killed and 3,912 people were injured in reported road accidents when there was snow or ice on the road.
There were also six people killed and 672 injured when it was snowing at the time.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: “With the UK braced for frost, ice and snow, it is a good time to get prepared.
“Driving conditions at this time of year can be treacherous so it pays for drivers to be one step ahead and for employers to also think about keeping their staff stay safe by considering options such as working from home when the snow arrives.
“RoSPA’s Winter Safety Hub has plenty of tips on how to adjust your driving to suit the conditions, but is also packed with other useful information on how to stay safe at home and in the community.”
The dedicated web page features sections on clearing ice and snow on pavements and how to avoid slips, trips and falls.
RoSPA’s Winter Safety Hub is found at: www.rospa.com/wintersafety/