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Stay safe, warm and healthy during cold weather

by Jonathan Kearney

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