There is a lot you can do now to prepare yourself and your
family for emergencies and disruptive events.
Wintry weather and extremely cold temperatures mean an increased
chance of cases involving carbon monoxide poisoning in the home,
particularly when gas boilers and heaters are in frequent
use. Further information and advice on how to reduce the risk
of carbon monoxide poising, including signs and symptoms to look
out for, is available on the NHS Inform website at
For further advice on keeping good general health in the Winter
months please visit http://www.nhsinform.co.uk/winter
Some straightforward, commonsense actions will stand you in good
stead in a wide range of situations.
- Create a household emergency plan to help you and your family
stay safe in all kinds of emergencies.
- Put together an emergency kit so you will have the information
and equipment you need to hand, whatever the situation.
- In an emergency you should call 999 and follow
- Think about carrying one or more ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact
numbers on your mobile phone or in your wallet or purse. This
means that if they need to, emergency responders like paramedics
can contact people who know you, and potentially get important
medical information, as quickly as possible.
- The free-to-download Ready
Scotland mobile app (for iPhone and Android systems) can
help you prepare for a range of emergencies.
- Follow Ready Scotland's advice on
protecting your home from severe weather and preparing for
the loss of