Colder Weather On Its Way Again
Cold weather returns prompting Public Health England to warn people to look out for those most at-risk.
Over the past few weeks repeated cold spells have resulted in the issuing of several warnings about the potential risks to health. But today (8 February 2017) the Met Office has said temperatures will be low during the daytime and there will be high chances of overnight frosts in all places, until Monday.
Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director and Director of Health Protection at PHE said:
"With more cold weather across all parts of England now is the time to really think how it could impact you and your family, particularly those who are very young, over 65 or who have heart and lung conditions. Try to keep homes heated to at least 18°C, stock up on any essential medicine or food that you need before the cold arrives and remember that you will be warmer wearing several thin layers instead of fewer thick ones.
"Whenever temperatures drop more people become seriously ill, including from pneumonia, heart attacks and strokes - that's why it's so important we all think what we can do for those at risk now."
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 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
Colder Weather On Its Way Again, 8th February 2017, 17:43 PM