Wrap up warm as the Met Office has issued a warning of cold weather between Wednesday 7 February and Friday 9 February .
Cold weather is the cause of more deaths each year than road traffic collisions, alcohol or drugs. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can increase the health risks to vulnerable people. The health impacts of exposure to cold weather will be worsened this winter, as we continue to deal with the increasing cost of living alongside illnesses such as flu and Covid-19. This weather could also disrupt delivery of services, which may be under additional pressure due to winter pressures.
If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours or friends, you may want to check on them to ensure they are managing to keep warm and well during the cold spell.
Follow these tips to ensure you stay safe during the cold weather:
- If you have a long-term condition and start to feel unwell, get advice from your pharmacist.
- Ensure you have plenty of warm food and drinks.
- Wear lots of thin layers (clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fibres).
- Homes should be heated to the right temperature: at least 18C (65F).
- If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
- Keep heaters and fires away from clothes, blankets and other combustible materials.
- Ensure electric blankets are safe to use. Check that wires are not frayed. Once an electric blanket has been switched on, do not leave it unattended.
- If you have a gas/solid fuel appliance/boiler, consider getting an audible carbon monoxide alarm and test it weekly – this could save your life.
- Please bear in mind the importance of circulating air indoors this winter, to mitigate the effects of viruses in circulation, including Covid-19.
- Try to stay as active as possible. Spending more time indoors may result in a reduction of activity, which could have health and wellbeing related risks.
- Check on elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours.
- For those who have not yet done so Covid-19 and flu vaccinations continue to be available. For more information on eligibility and how to book for either flu or Covid-19 visit Flu vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
For advice and information on keeping warm visit Advice | Energy Projects Plus (epplus.org.uk) or contact Energy Projects Plus on 0800 043 0151. There’s more information about the help available to support residents with the cost of living at Cost of living support – Knowsley News. Or you can call the cost-of living helpline to speak to an advisor on 0151 443 3300.
More information and advice to help people to stay safe, warm and healthy during with extreme winter weather can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk/weatherready and www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice.