British Summer Time begins this weekend and is marked by the clocks going forward by 60 minutes, at 2am on Sunday 30 March 2014.
Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work. Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP, is encouraging everyone to check their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks. "You are four times more people are likely to die in a fire in your home if there is no working smoke alarm, this simple check is a real life saver. By pushing the 'test' button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest - children, parents and friends alike."
The Fire Kills campaign is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government in partnership with England's fire and rescue services.
It was the wettest winter for the UK, England, Wales and Scotland, and the second wettest winter for Northern Ireland in the record series dating from 1910. It was the stormiest UK weather for 20 years with at least 12 major winter storms affecting the UK in two spells from mid-December to early January, and again from late January to mid-February.
See the info-graphic below for more facts and figures on the recent winter weather.
As we have moved into Spring our Get Ready for Winter initiative is drawing to a close. Thank you to all the partners involved for their support and contributions.
As June approaches, we will be launching our Get Ready for a Great British Summer campaign. The initiative aims to help you plan and enjoy the summer, whatever the weather. Covering the main summer holiday season, the 16 week campaign recognises that a great British summer is likely to see a mix of weather and will feature ideas and safety tips to help you make the most of the summer.
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18 April - 21 April - Check your local weather forecast before heading out this Easter holiday weekend.
27 April - Check the local weather forecast if you are taking part in this year's BUPA Great Edinburgh Run.
6 September - 31 May - Before you head to any of the 2013/2014 Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures, check the weather forecast for each venue.
There are practical steps you can take to support your community in preparing for winter weather.
Helping you keep warm and well this winter.
There are certain practical steps that you can take to protect your home from winter weather.
Preparations and precautions when travelling in winter.
Free downloadable promotional resources
Get Ready for Winter is a partnership initiative joining up messages from Government, the voluntary sector, local authorities and others to encourage individuals, families and communities to think about winter preparations they can take to help them stay warm, healthy and safe. It aims to contribute to partners' existing work through better co-ordination, sign posting and ease of access. This partnership approach through a single website not only makes messages more accessible for the public, but increases the reach for contributing organisations.