Warning to be prepared for first cold snap of the season

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PEOPLE are being urged to get ready for winter as the first cold snap is on the way.

A blast of arctic air from the north is set to move across the country by the end of the week, with temperatures predicted to be in single figures.

In preparation, West Sussex County Council is stepping up its campaign to keep people warm and safe during the winter.

Throughout November information will be on display in libraries and on parish council notice boards, reminding people to think ahead. Advice is available to residents on ordering winter fuel, preparing your car, flu jabs, heating and insulation, and lagging piping.

Councillor Christine Field, who is in charge of public protection in West Sussex, said: ‘Cold weather can be a miserable experience if you are not prepared for it.

‘We have gathered together plenty of useful hints and tips which can help you, your family or your neighbour cope when the temperature drops.’

For more information visit westsussex.gov.uk/getreadyforwinter or call the county council on (01243) 777100 for advice.