15 January 2016

Yesterday (14 January) the Met Office issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert for all regions of England.

These alerts are issued when severe weather is occurring, when average temperatures have dropped to 2°C or below, and/or widespread ice and heavy snow is present.

Keep well this winter

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “It seems like the county is going to feel really cold over the next few days so make sure you take extra care when out and about, especially if it’s icy or slippy.

“It sounds obvious but keep warm; try to keep indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long term illness or are over 65, and check weather forecasts and plan your day around them. And make sure you have plenty of warm food and drinks throughout the day.

“Don’t forget friends, family or neighbours, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions as these groups can be particularly vulnerable. Think about what you could do to help them when the weather is bad.

“Although most of this advice on keeping warm and well in winter conditions may seem like common sense, it’s important to remember that cold weather can be seriously bad for your health.”

Top tips to prepare for colder weather

  • Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and are 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
  • Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby, if unable to do so yourself

For lots more useful advice visit the NHS Stay Well This Winter website.

For information and advice about making your home warmer and more energy efficient visit www.northantswarmhomes.com