With colder weather set to continue, it is important that Warwickshire residents do what they can to stay warm and stay well.
The cold weather can lead to serious health problems, which can be dangerous. Elderly people, people with chronic illnesses and people with disabilities are at greater risk of getting sick in the colder months. Colds and flu viruses are also more prevalent at this time of year.
Warwickshire County Council encourages residents to take care of themselves by following the advice at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/winterwellness and encouraging them to check in on friends, family and neighbors who may be particularly vulnerable to the cold. It is helpful to make sure they are sure they have enough food and medicine and keep warm, especially at night.
To stay warm and healthy, people are advised to; regularly service heating systems and keep rooms between 18 ° C and 21 ° C day and night, put on appropriate clothing – several thin layers are better than a thick layer, eat at least one hot meal a day and have hot drinks regularly.
The winter months can also lead to more landslides and falls. Cold, humid weather can bring wet, icy floors, falling leaves and snow, all of which can be real dangers. Spreading salt or sand on icy surfaces such as walkways and steps can help prevent the risk of falls. Wearing appropriate footwear such as shoes or boots with a low, flat heel, non-slip sole with a good tread can reduce the risk of slipping.
The MET office can issue severe weather warnings, which means that travel should only take place when absolutely necessary. Anyone who needs to drive is reminded to ensure that their vehicle is drivable and to bring a shovel, a flask with hot drink, charged phone, flashlight and blanket in case of emergency.
Warwickshire County Councilor Margaret Bell, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, said:
“During the winter, when many colds and viruses are circulating, it is especially important for residents to stay as healthy as possible – keeping warm, staying hydrated, eating well and being active are the best ways to do this. This time the year can also bring loneliness and isolation for some residents, who may be less connected to regular support networks, and people also face additional dangers outdoors and on the roads.Warwickshire County Council winter wellness campaign addresses these issues and more and connects people for many services and support to help them feel as good as possible. ”
For more information on how to stay fit this winter, please visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/winterwellness