The Met Office have issued a YELLOW Cold Weather Alert
The Met Office have issued a YELLOW Cold Weather Alert for the North West of England between 6am on 7 February 2024 and 8pm on 9 February
Cold weather is the cause of more deaths each year than road traffic accidents, alcohol or drugs. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can increase the health risks to vulnerable people. The health impacts of exposure to cold weather will be amplified this winter, as we continue to deal with the rising cost of living alongside illnesses such as flu and Covid-19. This weather could also disrupt delivery of services, which may be under additional pressure due winter pressures.
Follow the tips below to ensure you stay safe during the cold weather:
· If you have a long-term condition and start to feel unwell, get advice from your pharmacist.
· Ensure you have plenty of warm food and drinks.
· Wear lots of thin layers (clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fibres).
· Homes should be heated to the right temperature: at least 18°C (65F).
· 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.
· Keep heaters and fires away from clothes, blankets and other combustible materials.
· Ensure electric blankets are safe to use. Check that wires are not frayed. Once an electric blanket has been switched on, do not leave it unattended.
· If you have a gas/solid fuel appliance/boiler, consider getting an audible carbon monoxide alarm and test it weekly – this could save your life.
· Try to stay as active as possible. Spending more time indoors may result in a reduction of activity, which could have health and wellbeing related risks.
· Check on elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours.
· Please bear in mind the importance of circulating air indoors this winter, to mitigate the effects of viruses in circulation, including Covid-19.
· Ensure you are in receipt of prescriptions for yourself or anyone you care for before any pharmacy closures over Christmas
· For those who have not yet done so Covid-19 and flu vaccinations continue to be available. For more information on eligibility and how to book for either flu or Covid-19 visit Flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Local support to stay warm and well is available across the borough. There is more information about what is available to support residents with the cost of living at Cost of living support - Knowsley News. For anyone not able to access this service please call the cost-of-living helpline on 0151 443 3300 or for fuel support call the Emergency Support scheme on 0151 443 3200.
More information and advice to help people to stay safe, warm and healthy during with extreme winter weather can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk/weatherready.