Cold weather alert issued by Met Office

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The Met Office is urging caution during the severe weather conditions. Dress warmly, wear shoes with good grip if heading outside, and look out for vulnerable people. If able clear your drive & pathways to prevent accidents and keep your home heated to at least 18°C if you can.

Top tips to prepare for colder weather:

  • 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.
  • Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, 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. •If eligible seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some.
  • If you meet the criteria register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers.
  • 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. Ensure you have plenty of warm food and drinks to keep you warm.

More info on: http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Winterhealth/Pages/Winterhealthhome.aspx