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Warning issued to prepare for winter

7th December 2011

A charity has urged people to ensure they have emergency items to hand this winter in case they become stranded at home or in a car in cold weather.


The British Red Cross said people should have a bag which included a pen knife, bottled water and a whistle in case they were trapped in the snow.

A survey carried out by the charity found that only a fifth of people had considered making an emergency kit bag in case they were stranded.

The chief executive of the Red Cross, Sir Nick Young, said many people in the UK had been surprised by the cold weather conditions last year.

Sir Nick added: "None of us can predict what the conditions will be like this year, but what we can all do is take a set of small, practical steps to ensure that we are prepared."

The charity said the emergency kit bag should contain: emergency contact telephone numbers, a first-aid kit, toiletries and essential medication, three days worth of bottled water and ready-to-eat food, torch and batteries, important documents such as insurance policies, pencils, paper, a whistle and a penknife.

Simon Lewis, head of emergency planning and response at the British Red Cross, said: "It's only in times of emergency that you find these things useful. A penknife, well who knows? Cutting yourself free from a seat belt comes to mind."

"People just don't think it's going to happen to them, but there's no doubt that some of these things can actually save lives. It's just a sensible approach really." 


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