PEOPLE in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to help keep well during cold weather, with freezing temperatures forecast for the next few days.
The county council along with Public Health England 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.
They are also advising following simple steps like keeping homes at 18C, staying active, and making sure you have enough medication to last.
Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing Alan White said: “With freezing temperatures forecast 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 next week, so preventing ill health which can be worsened by cold weather is the key.”
Spells of cold weather can put older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, at risk from a range of conditions because it forces their bodies to work much harder than usual.
Dr Angie Bone, of PHE’s Extreme Events team, said: “In events like this it’s possible that some people who are not in the best of health will stay at home, rather than risk venturing out in cold and icy conditions, and this can lead to feeling more isolated than usual.
“That’s why as this colder period continues we should all check in on those we know, whether they’re friends, family or neighbours, who may be at risk, and offer to lend a helping hand. Do they need shopping or a prescription fetching? Can they get to GP or hospital appointments? Do they just need some company? It can be all too easy for those of us who are fit and well and able to cope with the cold – but it’s really important to remember that it can leave some people feeling a bit cut off.”
People can found out more by visiting the NHS Stay Well This Winter at www.nhs.uk/staywell.