Public Health England has issued a health warning in response to the current cold weather we're experiencing.
The effects of cold can be severe, in particular for those who are over 65, have a long term illness, or are not mobile.
Cold does kill, even in places where the temperatures aren’t at their lowest. Most of the practical advice on keeping warm in cold weather may seem like common sense, but it’s important that we all help each other to stay well this winter.
Top tips to prepare for colder weather. You should:
- look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and managing to heat their homes adequately.
- try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over.
- stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help.
- take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days.
- avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls.
- wear sensible footwear including indoor slippers that fit well to reduce the risk of a slip, trip and fall.
For more details visit Public Health England news or NHS Choices.