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Don’t let the extreme cold take a grip on your health

Following a Level 3 cold weather alert issued by the Met Office, we are urging people to stock up on food essentials, keep warm indoors, take care when walking on icy or wet surfaces and to look out for others who are potentially more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather.

The warning comes as weather experts predict temperatures to continue to fall in many areas this week . AGE UK recently revealed that one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold weather and many more become seriously ill as a result of the cold weather.

GP and clinical lead for the CCG, Paul Oliver said “ The cold can be a danger to those who are very old and frail as well as people living with chronic conditions such as COPD. We would urge people to take all precautionary measures to stay warm and seek help if they are struggling to do so until the bad weather has passed.”
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 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over.
  • Stock up 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.

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