Safety Spotlight - Stormy weather safety tips
Summer or winter, when storms, high winds and bad weather are forecast, extra care is needed around our coasts. Whatever the weather or season our advice is the same, we want you and your loved ones to avoid any safety ‘slip-ups’.
Caught in a storm? Don't chance it. Poor weather brings extra challenges for anyone planning to ‘brrrrrave’ the coastal gales, especially those out and about on clifftops and beaches.
"No matter how dramatic the picture, no selfie is worth risking your life for."
- Cliffs can be very dangerous and prone to rockslides and falls at any time, especially after prolonged periods of wet weather. Large rocks and boulders can come crashing down with little or no notice
- Make sure that you are properly equipped. In particular remember to wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather forecast and tidal times before you set out. Carry a mobile phone and tell someone where you are going and what time you will be home
The below was posted in February 2021.
The Met Office has issued warnings of gales, easterly winds, snow and ice, with large unpredictable waves posing a special risk.
Rob Priestley, HM Coastguard Duty Controller said: “If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast and be in a position to take your exercise there in line with local COVID-19 restrictions, we’d urge everyone to take extra care this weekend.
"Dress up warmly, take a fully charged mobile phone and stay well back from cliffs and strong waves which can be unpredictable and may well include rocks and debris."
If you or anyone is in trouble on the coast, don’t delay calling for help. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.