It’s important you look after yourself and others when it’s as cold. People’s health could be at risk.
by Thomas Cox
Across the country people are being urged to keep warm, and stay safe and well as temperatures are low.
Spells of cold weather can put vulnerable people, such as the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and young children, at risk from a range of conditions. This is because cold weather forces their bodies to work much harder than usual.
Top tips to prepare for colder weather
- Look out for other people – look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
- Keep warm! – 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. Seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some.
- Keep updated – 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
- Feeling unwell – If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Local pharmacies can offer fast and convenient clinical advice for a wide range of minor health concerns, with no appointment needed.
- Health advice – If you’re worried you have an urgent medical concern, depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can access a nurse, emergency dentist, or even a GP. CALL 111
Keep warm, Keep well
Here’s a bunch of advice that you can follow to help people keep well over this cold spell.
- Stay well this winter– NHS advice to help those people who are most at risk of illness during winter to take steps to stay well, including make sure you get your flu jab. Pharmacies offer flu vaccinations in Shropshire.
- Keep well and warm– Government advice on staying well in cold weather, covering issues such as financial help, healthy lifestyle and heating.
- Road gritting– updates on where and when gritters are out in Telford & Wrekin.
- Get Ready for Winter– Met Office advice and information of the dangers posed by winter weather and provide tips and advice on how to minimise its impact.
- Winter advice for older people– advice and information from Age UK.
- Travel updates– travel updates from Highways England.
- School closures– updates of any school closures in Telford & Wrekin.
- Driving in snow– Advice from the RAC to prepare yourself before embarking on a journey in the snow.