PEOPLE in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to help keep well during cold weather with low temperatures forecast until the weekend.
The county council is also urging people to check on older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are safe and well, particularly if they have any health conditions. People can seek advice from pharmacists if they are feeling unwell with coughs or colds.
Ideally, homes should be heated to at least 18 degrees Celsius. (65 degrees Fahrenheit).
People driving are being advised to take extra care in icy and snowy conditions. Even where roads are gritted there is a need to slow down and be cautious.
Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing Alan White said: “With temperatures remaining low over next few days we’re encouraging people to ensure they look after themselves and family, friends and neighbours.
“Simple steps like keeping your house warm and ensuring you or your family have any medication they need can help. People who have an older relative or neighbour may want to check on them during the cold period as they may not want to leave their homes. The weather is due to warm up before temperatures drop again by the end of next week, so preventing ill health which can be worsened by cold weather is the key.”
People can found out more by visiting www.nhs.uk/staywell