General advice for staying safe:
- Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and are 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.
- Make sure your car windscreen is clear of snow and ice before setting off on your journey.
- Never venture out on to icy ponds, no matter how solid the ice looks.
- Wear warm layers of clothing and shoes or boots with a good grip.
- Use a fireguard and have your chimney swept regularly if you have an open fire.
- Keep candles and a torch with spare batteries in easy reach in case of power cuts.
For general advice and information on how to cope with winter weather conditions visit the Get Ready for Winter website or Public Health England
Information for elderly people about keeping warm this winter is also available from www.ageuk.org.uk
For health advice, including how to keep warm and well over the winter, visit the NHS Choices website or the NHS Stay Well website