Residents of Peterborough urged to take care of each other when cold weather warning was introduced over the weekend

Residents of Peterborough urged to take care of each other when cold weather warning was introduced over the weekend

A cold weather forecast has been issued for Peterborough

At the weekend temperatures of less than 2C are likely to occur in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, triggering a level 2 alarm for cold weather in these areas. Extremely cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people aged 65 or older, the very young or those with chronic illness.

Val Thomas, Deputy Director of Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is very important to keep in mind that cold can be extremely dangerous, even when temperatures are not at their lowest. Our advice on keeping warm in cold weather may seem like common sense, but it is important that people think carefully about how cold affects everyone, especially the elderly and the very young.

“It is recommended that we heat our home to at least 18 ° C (65 ° F) in the winter as it minimizes risks to our health. Try to avoid going out in cold icy weather, but if you need to go outside, wear shoes with non-slip grips, good grip soles and a few layers of thin clothing instead of a thick layer.It is also important that you often have hot food and drink as these help keep you warm.

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“We also ask everyone to remember the needs of friends, relatives and neighbors who may be at risk during this cold weather period. If you or they are eligible for flu vaccination, be sure to get it as soon as possible.” The chairman of the Joint Administration’s Adult and Health Committee, Councilor Richard Howitt, said: “Very cold temperatures are expected this coming weekend, and due to previously unseasonably hot weather, people may not be properly prepared. Plan ahead. Make sure you have adequate food and repeat medication so you can cope if you are unable to leave the house for a period of time.

“Turn up warm and stay active. Any exercise can provide health benefits, both physical and mental. Take care of others, check out vulnerable neighbors, friends and family. Make sure they are well, warm and have adequate stocks of food and medicine so that they do not have to go out in very cold weather. “

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The council issued a number of good tips to keep warm in cold weather:

Keep your home warm, efficient and safe:

Heating your home to at least 18 ° C in winter poses a minimal risk to your health when you are wearing appropriate clothing.

Have your heating system and stoves checked and keep your home well ventilated

Use your electric blanket as directed and have it tested every 3 years

Never use a hot water bottle with an electric blanket

Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home; it is ineffective and there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and it can kill

Make sure you have heating oil or LPG or sold fuel if you are not on gas or electricity – so you do not run out in the winter

Installation of draft protection to seal any holes around windows and doors

Make sure you have ceiling insulation. And if you have cavity walls, make sure they are insulated as well

Insulate your hot water tank and pipe

Pull your curtains at dusk to keep the heat generated inside your rooms

Make sure your radiators are not blocked by furniture or curtains

Food is a vital source of energy and helps keep your body warm, so get plenty of hot food and drinks

Aim to include 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Canned and frozen vegetables count for your 5 a day

Stock up on canned and frozen foods so you do not have to go out too much when it is cold or ice cold

Exercise is good for you all year round and it can keep you warm in the winter

If possible, try to move around at least once an hour. But remember to talk to your GP before starting any exercise plans

Wear lots of thin layers – clothes made of cotton, wool or fleecy fibers are especially good and keep the body warm

Wear well-fitting slippers with good grip indoors and shoes with good grip outside to prevent tripping, slipping and falling

Be sure to have extra medication if you can not go out

Check if you are eligible for entry in the register of priority services operated by your water and electricity supplier

Check older neighbors or relatives, especially those living alone or with serious illnesses to make sure they are safe, warm and healthy

There are grants, benefits and sources of advice to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. Visit for details on the various schemes available this year.

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