Three-quarters of adults not prepared for winter weather, poll claims

Cold temperatures expected to catch out millions this year

Rob Knight
Friday 22 November 2019 19:05
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Millions of British adults have been caught out by the winter weather - leading to illness, missing work and cancelled social plans, research suggests.

As a result of not checking the forecast in advance, wearing the wrong clothing and not prepping the car, more than two thirds have ended up drenched after a downpour or caught up in snow.

Three quarters of adults admit they’re not ready for the extremes of the winter weather conditions.

And one-fifth revealed they are holding off preparing for the cold months until December.

The study of 2,000 adults was commissioned by the Met Office to raise awareness of its WeatherReady initiative a checklist to help Brits prepare for winter.

Madeleine Alessandri, deputy national security advisor for the Cabinet Office, said: “The Met Office’s WeatherReady campaign is a helpful reminder to prepare for the possible effects of severe winter weather.

“While our public and emergency services carry out their usual winter preparatory work, all of us can take a few small steps that could make a big difference in adverse conditions.

“Please take a moment to consider how your home, health and travel may be affected by the winter weather and take action now to prepare”.

The study also found that despite heavy rainfall and snow in recent years, just 34 per cent of those polled intend to go that extra mile to ensure they are ready for the extreme weather this winter could bring.

However, a quarter will check the weather as frequently as 10 times a week - to ensure they’re up to speed with the elements.

Further to this, more than one-fifth have spent time getting their home ready for the winter while 27 per cent have ensured they’ll have all the clothes they need to cope with chilly and wet weather conditions.

Four in 10 have made sure their car is safe, one-third have had a flu jab and 29 per cent have checked their pipes will be able to endure the extremities of the winter weather.

But just 11 per cent have checked to see if their homes are at risk of flooding.

And around a quarter of those polled, via OnePoll, will go that extra mile by ensuring other members of the community are ready - by checking on elderly or vulnerable neighbours in the event of a severe weather.

Will Lang, head of civil contingencies at the Met Office, said: “Changeable weather is a fact of life throughout the winter months as the recent heavy rainfall and flooding has shown us.

“As we approach winter, it is important to know where you can access expert advice and guidance to help you prepare for the potential impacts of severe weather.

“Taking a small amount of time to prepare now can make a big difference in keeping family, friends and neighbours, as well as property and businesses safe throughout the months ahead.”

SWNS

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