With cold weather and wintry showers forecast in the coming days, residents are being reminded of the potential health risks, particularly during the pandemic.
COVID-19 can worsen cold weather health risks, particularly for vulnerable residents.
Follow the tips below 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.
- Try to stay as active as possible. Spending more time indoors due to lockdown/shielding may result in a reduction of activity, which could have health and wellbeing related risks.
- Check on elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours – please bear in mind that visits from health professionals or the voluntary sector may not be carried out this year due to the continuing effects of the pandemic.
- Please bear in mind the importance of circulating air indoors this winter, to mitigate the effects of viruses in circulation, including Covid-19. Open windows for few minutes per hour especially when socialising indoors.
- We would encourage people to consider when meeting indoors to social distance were possible, regular hand hygiene and carry out home testing before socialising indoors. If you are visiting a vulnerable person if possible were a mask.
- If you have not done so already protect yourself and others by getting your Covid-19 vaccination or booster jab. You can book an appointment online www.gov.uk/coronavirus, by calling 119 or alternatively speaking to your GP. The latest drop-in clinics are advertised on www.knowsleynews.co.uk
More information and advice to help you 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. There’s advice about keeping your home warmer, cosier and healthier during the winter months on our website.
Find out more about the risks associated with cold weather and COVID-19 here