With the weather starting to feel wintry, Hertfordshire County Council is preparing for any cold snaps and reminding residents of what you can do to stay safe on the roads.
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Our gritters are ready to roll and we’ve been out filling the 1,000-plus salt bins in the county. We are also supplying salt to district, borough and parish councils so they can help keep key routes, particularly pavements, safer during cold spells.”
On your local county council’s website, www.hertsdirect.org/salting, there is extensive information about our winter service, from the routes we salt when temperatures are below zero and where our salt bins are located, to advice for residents on clearing snow and driving tips to help keep motorists safe during icy weather.
“As well as being ready ourselves, this year we also want to encourage residents to be prepared,” added Terry. “On our website you’ll find advice about clearing snow and ice from outside your properties and staying safe on the roads.
“If you’re a driver, please take a moment to check that your vehicle is ready for winter. Check your tyres, lights and windscreen wash. We’re already starting to have some icy spells, so please take care when driving, cycling or walking in these conditions. While salt is the best material we have available to treat snow and ice, if roads and pavements are salted we all still need to be careful and should not drive or walk as if weather conditions are normal.”
More than 6,000 people now follow Hertfordshire’s #grittertwitterhttp://twitter.com/Herts_Highways. Sign up to get tweets and RSS feeds direct to your computer or mobile phone about when we’re going out salting. Follow the link to ‘Salting decisions’ onwww.hertsdirect.org/salting to sign up to the service.
Watch how we’re ‘Getting a grip on winter’ here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va3pm_XD2FQ
During severe weather, information about your local county council’s services is available by following the ‘severe weather’ tab on the front page of our website, www.hertsdirect.org
If you need assistance, are struggling to heat your home and don’t know who can help, call HertsHelp, a network of community organisations, on 0300 123 4044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for free help, advice and information or visitwww.hertsdirect.org/hertshelp Likewise, if you’re worried about family members, friends or neighbours, you can also contact HertsHelp. For information about your local county council’s ‘Keep Warm, Stay Well’ scheme that helps to keep Hertfordshire’s most vulnerable residents warm and well during winter, visitwww.hertsdirect.org/keepwarm