Peter is prepared for winter. Are you?

Wednesday November 11th 2015

Ready for Winter

To help make sure Midlothian residents are ready to take on whatever winter throws at us this season, Midlothian Council has enlisted the help of one of the county’s true community champions, Peter Collins.

Voted Walking Football’s Player of the Year in Midlothian, Peter, 84, is not only a whizz on the sports field, he’s an expert on how to take winter by storm.

Peter, will be opening up his Straiton home, his cupboards and the boot of his car to show us his top tips on surviving the big freeze.

He says that while winter can be a worrying time for some residents when the temperatures drop below freezing: “Hopefully, we can have a bit of fun with this too.”

Here’s a list of what you might need in the house:

Your household plan, including emergency contact numbers
A battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind up torch)
A battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind up radio)
Any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit
Bottled water and ready to eat food (that won’t go off)
Food supplies
Copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates
Pencil, paper, a penknife and a whistle
Spare keys to your home and car
Spare glasses or contact lenses

Councillor Derek Rosie, the cabinet member for winter services, said: “We rely on residents, like Peter, to do their bit during winter by, for example, clearing the pavement of snow outside their home, if able, and keeping an eye on vulnerable neighbours.

“We’re delighted to have Peter onboard this year.

“As well as his tips, residents can also find plenty of information on our website such as our gritting routes, and emergency telephone numbers for sister agencies such as Scottish Water.”

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