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Cold Weather Advice

So much fun and many wonderful memories can be created when snow falls, however with snow comes cold weather which can be a health risk and can exacerbate conditions for many people, when temperatures drop below 8°C, some people are at increased risk of:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Flu
  • Pneumonia
  • Falls and injuries
  • Hypothermia

Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions such as depression and dementia.

There is a national Cold Weather Plan for England which helps to identify risks and encourage preparedness.

You can prepare for cold weather, by listening to weather forecasts on the TV and radio to keep up-to-date on the weather. You can also see the severe weather warnings which have been issued on the Met Office website, twitter feed, to register for alerts, or by calling the Weather Desk on 0370 900 0100 or 01392 855 680.

It is important to keep your home warm in winter;

  • Keep your bedroom at 18°C all night if you can and keep the bedroom window closed
  • Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by keeping your baby’s room heated to between 16°C to 20°C
  • Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • Get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified electrician

To keep well in the cold:

  • Wear several layers rather than 1 chunky layer – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat
  • Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but don’t use both at the same time
  • Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so indoors
  • Stay active
  • Wrap a scarf loosely around your moth when outdoors and wear a hat. Wear shoes which have a good grip.
  • If you have heart or respiratory problems, stay indoors during very cold weather.

It is also useful to have a grab bag ready if you need to leave your house in an emergency.