There’s more cold weather on the way as the Met Office has issued an alert for snow and ice in the west of England from Friday, 8 December to 6pm on Saturday, 9 December.
Falling temperatures can increase the health risks for the very young, older people or those with a chronic condition such as heart disease and asthma. So here are our top tips to help you stay healthy and warm during the cold spell.
- Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
- Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, 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.
If eligible seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some.
- Power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts. Find out of Ofgem’s website if you meet the criteria and if so, sign up.
- Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls.