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As temperatures drop across the UK, Public Health England issues cold weather warning

29 November 2016

As temperatures drop across the UK, Public Health England issues cold weather warning

Dr Angie Bone of the Extreme Events team at PHE said: “Cold does kill, even in places where the temperatures aren’t at their lowest.  Now is the time think of those you know who are older, very young, or have pre-existing health conditions that are particularly vulnerable”.  The top tips to prepare for colder weather are to:

  • get the free flu jab now, if you qualify
  • look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and 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

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