Kilkenny County Council is urging people to “Be Winter-Ready” this year and is promoting a booklet to help them do so.
The booklet is at www.winterready.ie and will be available in local libraries, with advice for schools, businesses and the farming community. It includes health advice, personal safety tips and practical measures on how to protect homes and businesses against severe weather events.
Kilkenny County Council will also be advertising a series of Be Winter-Ready tips in the coming weeks in association with KCLR 96FM. These will concentrate on how to protect your home and business with precautions to take against freezing temperatures and how to avoid frozen pipes.
Householders, business and farmers should note that there is no legal liability associated with lending a hand during severe weather, according to the council. This includes when clearing snow from public footpaths or applying grit to public roads in rural areas of the county.
“Being prepared will decrease the risk of becoming vulnerable if severe weather strikes. The mild weather so far cannot allow us to become complacent as we know the weather patterns in Ireland can change rapidly,” said director of services John Mulholland.