Very cold weather can have an impact on your health and wellbeing and can be far more serious for older people, adults with disabilities or long-term health conditions and young children. Please consider the following advice to keep yourself and others safe and well during this time:
- Check room temperatures regularly and make you are comfortable – keep temperature in main rooms between 18 - 21°C
- Dress for cold weather – several thinner layers are best.
- Eat regular hot meals, have plenty of hot drinks
- Keep moving
- Dress in several layers. Babies and young children need one more layers than adults
- Always wear a hat and gloves. Beware of hazards - scarves are good for adults but scarves and hood strings can strangle smaller children.
- Be seen - make sure everyone wears something bright or fluorescent during the day and something reflective at dusk and in the dark – particularly children
- Wear shoes with a good grip to help avoid slipping and take your time when walking
- In drier winter people lose more water through breath – so make sure you have plenty to drink to avoid getting dehydrated
Be a good neighbour
When the temperature falls to freezing older and other vulnerable people may have difficulty staying warm and getting out of the house. You can help by checking in on them:
- Offer to help with errands like shopping or collecting prescriptions
- Spare time for a chat - a few minutes of your time will make a big difference
- If you are worried about their health call a family member or NHS 111 for advice.
Stay up-to-date - Listen to the news and weather forecasts on TV or local radio.
Further advice is available here: www.nhs.uk/staywell