WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS for 30 years being forecast from tomorrow (15th December 2011), Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to prepare and help keep damage and accidents to a minimum.
By taking action now residents can keep these incidents to a minimum which not only reduces the impact on the fire service and other emergency services but also avoid a hefty bill following the winds due to the damage it can cause.
Pete Baron from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said:
“In very high winds we often see an increase in call-outs, many of which could be avoided by taking a few simple precautions before the winds come. I would urge people to secure loose objects in the garden such as chairs, children’s toys and even trampolines. These items can be easily blown long distances in high winds. If at all possible store them in a shed or garage but if not, make sure they are secured in some other way. Check your roof is in good repair and that your aerial is secure. Making sure this is done before the winds come can really reduce the risk of accidents and injuries and the potential high cost to you if not.”
Motorists are also asked to take extra care in adverse weather and to avoid unnecessary journeys. The windy conditions, especially when accompanied by rain or other adverse weather can dramatically increase the risk when driving.
“Wind rarely blows steadily, and sudden gusts can catch you out no matter how experienced a driver you are. Expect sudden gusts at any time but particularly on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges or when overtaking high-sided vehicles. Whether it’s strong winds, snow, floods or fog, if extreme weather is forecast it is always best to avoid travelling unless your journey is absolutely necessary.”
The Met Office has issued this alert for tomorrow for the Yorkshire and Humber area:
There remains a risk of very strong winds and heavy rain moving eastwards across parts of England and Wales later on Thursday and through Friday. In addition there is a risk of locally significant snowfall occurring, mainly on high ground towards the north and west of this warning area. However there remains considerable uncertainty regarding the northward extent of any severe weather though southern parts remain most prone.
The public is advised to monitor warnings for this period, noting that the warning may be upgraded.