General message for community messaging etc
Level 2 – Alert and Readiness
There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather in the North West of England between 0900 on Monday 11 Jan and 0900 on Thursday 14 Jan in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
The current cold snap can be dangerous for a number of people, including older people, babies and young children.
Follow the tips below to ensure you stay safe during the cold weather:-
- Have plenty of hot food and drinks.
- Wear lots of thin layers (clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres).
- Homes should be heated to the right temperature: at least 18°C (65˚F)
- 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.
- Check on elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours.
- If you have a gas/solid fuel appliance/boiler, consider getting an audible carbon monoxide alarm and test it weekly – it can save your life.
- Keep heaters and fires away from clothes, blankets and other combustible materials.
- Electric blankets – check the wires are not frayed and they are safe to use. Don’t leave them on unattended.
For advice and information on keeping warm, or to discuss any grants that may be available, please contact Simon Rugen on 443 5817.
More information can be found at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter
The snow code is available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/get-ready-for-winter/out-and-about/the-snow-code
Dr Sarah McNulty FFPH,
Public Health Consultant,