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Christmas tips from the Cabinet Office on staying safe and preparing for the festive season.

  1. During cold weather and over holiday periods, you may not always be able to get to the shops or to the chemist. It is therefore advisable to have plenty of food supplies as well as a stock of good remedies for colds, sore throats, coughs and flu which all are more common at this time of the year.
  2. If severe winter weather is forecast and is over holiday periods including Christmas and New Year it is important to have enough of your regular medication to last a few days as pharmacy and GP opening hours may change.  If you are planning to go away for the holidays, make sure you take a good supply of your routine prescribed medications and over the counter remedies. Remember to take a list of your routine medications with you in case you do need to see a doctor while you are away from home.
  3. If you are worried about an older neighbour or relative being alone over Christmas, then contact  WRVS which will be providing various services across the country over the festive period. 
  4. If you are going on holiday or visiting friends and relatives over the festive season, chances are it will involve a longer and less familiar journey than your regular commute - that makes planning even more important.
  5. When planning your journey, the Traffic England's Motorway Diagram can be used to check for adverse weather and temperatures on parts of the network :
  6. Allow plenty of time, prepare for your journey, and check for updates before you set off. The Highways Agency has a road specific forecast.

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Last updated: 28 July 2015

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