Cold Weather Alert - cold days and some very cold nights early this week
Although winter weather can be fun for some, these weather conditions are also associated with an increase in illness and injuries, particularly for those that are vulnerable to the effects of the cold - the councils says - and this includes older people, very young children, and people with serious medical conditions.
Dr John Linnane, Director of Public Health for Warwickshire County Council says: “Make sure you have sufficient supplies of food for hot meals, plenty of drinks and your regular medications. Stocking up on tinned and frozen food is a good idea. Please check in on neighbours who are elderly, vulnerable, or less mobile, and make sure that their house is adequately heated, that they have enough supplies and that they have an emergency contact telephone number.
Make sure you seek medical help if you are concerned about someone. You can ring NHS 111, speak to a GP or pharmacist, attend a walk-in-centre, or if more serious it may be necessary to attend A&E or alert the emergency services. ”
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “Make sure that you stay warm. If going outside make sure you dress appropriately.
“If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature; heating your home to at least 18°C is important for your health and make sure you are wearing suitable clothing – several thin layers is better than one thick layer.”