We have received the following information from Bradford council:
Preparing for winter weather
Gritting in the Bradford district
We have been busy putting our winter plans and preparations in place for the past few months.
We have hired ten brand new gritter wagons to bring the total of wagons serving the district to 34. All the gritters have been prepared for winter, rotas for drivers and managers are ready and our drivers have been out to practice their allocated routes.
Supplies of grit for the coming winter season have been delivered to our depots and we have about 24,000 tonnes ready for spreading.
Met Office – ‘Weather Ready’ campaign
To help the public be better prepared for severe weather all year round, the Met Office has launched ‘Weather Ready’. Run in partnership with the Cabinet Office, the initiative provides expert advice on travel, protecting your home and your health and wellbeing.
Look out for one another
Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours, relatives and friends. Make sure they are alright and have what they need before snow and ice is forecast, so that they don’t feel they have to venture out.
No one needs to sleep out in the cold. During the winter we work with partners to open a ‘cold weather provision’ for rough sleepers. Additional beds will be made available and outreach workers go out making sure no-one has to sleep on the streets in the cold weather. Everyone who stays for a cold weather bed is provided with support around resolving their housing situation on a longer term basis. If you are worried about someone sleeping on the streets call 01274 309165.
Plan your transport
Do you really need to go out? Could you work from home? If you do need to go out in icy and snowy conditions, think about alternatives to using the car. Check the West Yorkshire Metro website for local bus and train information.
Prepare your car
Check your battery and fluid levels, fit winter tyres. Put together a winter kit for your boot, with things like a shovel, grit, jump leads, tow rope, warm clothing, bottled water and something to eat. If you have to drive in snow make sure you clear the whole car of snow and ice before you set off. Check priority gritting routes on the council’s website for your whole journey. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Think about where you park your car, if it’s on a priority grit route could it cause an obstruction to a gritting wagon.
Winter-proof your bike ride
Sustrans have some great tips on how to stay happy and safe on your bike when cycling during the cold and icy winter months. It has information about how to winter-proof your bike and your riding style to keep you pedalling all winter.
Prepare for if there’s a power cut
Prepare your home
Have your boiler checked and serviced yearly so that it’s safe and will start when you most need it. Test smoke alarms/carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they work. Ensure pipes are insulated so that they don’t freeze and burst. Know where and how to turn off gas, electricity and water to your home so that you can do it in an emergency.
Looking after pets
Winter preparation checklist
Council service disruptions
When there are disruptions to our services due to severe weather we posted on the service disruptions page of our website.