Winter Weather - Be Prepared05/01/18
People in Dundee are being urged to take care as temperatures plummet in the city.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice overnight on Friday and into the start of the weekend.
A Met Office statement said: “Icy patches are expected to develop during the evening and overnight. There is a chance that injuries could occur from slips and falls on icy surfaces.”
Gritter crews will be out across the city, covering hundreds of kilometres of roads and footways.
To put the scale of their task in perspective, if all Dundee’s adopted roads were laid end to end they would reach to Birmingham - and the city’s adopted pavements would stretch to Plymouth.
Furthermore, as conditions change it may be necessary to treat surfaces more than once.
Depute Convener of Community Safety and Public Protection Committee Anne Rendall said: “As the icy weather approaches, I would urge you to be prepared, be careful and be patient.
“Already this winter we have experienced difficult underfoot conditions caused by icy weather, which has posed additional challenges for social care services and our colleagues in the NHS.
“As a community it’s important that we come together and help each other, so please check on your elderly and vulnerable neighbours to see if they need helping getting medicines, food or care.
“If you are going out on foot, take care as pavements may be slippery. And I would urge drivers to be mindful of the conditions.”
Councillor Rendall added that members of the public can make use of over 750 grit bins across the city.
The weather can change quickly, so it’s important to keep up to date with the latest weather and adapt to conditions.
The NHS has also issued advice to the public.
A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said: "If you are going out and about this weekend we would advise that you keep cosy and wrap up warmly, wear sensible shoes with a good grip and take care when walking on icy surfaces.
"The recent very icy spell saw a significant number of patients attending the Accident and Emergency departments in Ninewells and Perth Royal Infirmary with broken bones as a result of the wintry weather.
"Like all health boards, NHS Tayside has a winter plan in place to help our services cope with the extra patients that we are likely to see throughout winter to ensure that people are seen quickly if they need emergency care.
"NHS Tayside is asking people to only attend Accident and Emergency Departments with emergency conditions. The public are advised to contact NHS 24 on 111 in the first instance to make sure they know where to get the right treatment, at the right place at the right time."